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Here’s the real reason why your houses should be blurred out on Google Maps

Do you ever wonder how these places in Google Maps are being recorded? Well, you’ll be surprised with how their process works.

Google actually uses a camera in a car to capture every location. This car has captured incidents in the past, such as the man who was carrying a tent on his bike, which people thought was a UFO flying over Bermuda.

The real reason why more people are starting to blur out their homes on Google Maps is because it has something to do with privacy. Having your home on view can run the risk with security, like burglars using the app to know the potential entryway to your house.

If you’re worried about privacy and such, you can actually blur out yourself or your property on Google Maps.

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To do this, open your Google Maps app and enter your home address. Then once you’re outside your property, click ‘report a problem.’ There will be a pop up asking why you are reporting the image. Click the ‘request blurring’ tab and then select ‘my home.’

Drag the box over the entire property (including other buildings or gardens outside) to ensure that everything is blurred out.

After that, you enter your email address to save the changes.

Although Google has stated that it automatically blurs out ‘identifying information like faces and license plates,’ if you are able to see that it is not done, you might have to request that to be blurred out too as well.

“Google takes a number of steps to protect the privacy of individuals when Street View imagery is published to Google Maps,” Google clarifies.

“We have developed cutting-edge face and license plate blurring technology that is designed to blur identifiable faces and license plates within Google-contributed imagery in Street View. If you see that your face or license plate requires additional blurring, or if you would like us to blur your entire house, car or body, submit a request using the ‘Report a problem’ tool.”


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