Privacy and Security

For Street View

Learn how your privacy and anonymity are protected when images are processed for Street View.

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For community contributed content

Learn more about privacy and security policies relating to the photos contributed by our online community.

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Street View

Your privacy and security are important to us. The Google Maps team takes a number of steps to help protect the privacy and anonymity of individuals when images are collected for Street View, including blurring faces and license plates. You can easily contact the Street View team if you see an image that should be protected or if you see a concerning image.

Public access Only

Street View contains imagery from public roads that is no different from what you might see driving or walking down the street. Imagery of this kind is available in a wide variety of formats for cities all around the world. In select cases, Google will partner with an organization such as Disneyland Paris to schedule imagery collection of their property.

Street View images are not real time

Our images show only what our vehicles were able to see on the day that they drove past the location. Afterward, it takes at least a few months to process the collected images before they appear online. This means that images you look at on Street View could be anywhere from a few months to a few years old.

Individuals and license plates are blurred

We have developed cutting-edge face and license plate blurring technology that is applied to all Street View images. This means that if one of our images contains an identifiable face (for example that of a passer-by on the sidewalk) or an identifiable license plate, our technology will automatically blur it out, meaning that the individual or the vehicle cannot be identified. If our algorithms missed something, you can easily let us know.

Reporting Issues

Request further blurring of a specific image

We provide easily accessible tools allowing users to request further blurring of any image that features the user, their family, their car or their home. In addition to the automatic blurring of faces and license plates, we will blur the entire car, house, or person when a user makes this request for additional blurring. Users can also request the removal of images that feature inappropriate content (for example: nudity or violence).

How to report a concern

If you've found an image that you would like further blurred, or an image that you believe contains objectionable content, just follow these steps

  1. Locate the image in Street View.
  2. Click "Report a problem" in the bottom-right of the image window.
  3. Complete the form and click "Submit".

That's it. We'll review your report promptly.

Community Contributed Content

Photo Geolocation Policy

We're excited to allow you the opportunity to upload geotagged imagery that will enrich our visual understanding of the world. If you want to contribute content to maps, Google Maps requires that these photos be accurately geolocated for the benefit of other users. This service uses the geotag that is included in the image’s metadata. Use of this service does not impact how other services may use the geotags in your photos and is independent of, and not affected by, your geo location preferences for photos in Google+.

Public Sharing

Shared photo spheres will be visible to all users of Google Maps. We will include the full name associated with your Google account and link to your Google+ profile from each of your photos shared on Google Maps. The location and date of your photo will also be displayed publicly.

Reporting a problem with community contributed content

To report community-contributed content that violates our policy, please click the “report a problem” link on the bottom of Google Maps. If we determine it violates our policy, we will remove the image.

Copyright status of shared photo spheres

More information is available in our Terms of Service.

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