Google is dedicated to helping you discover the world around you. Imagery on our platforms is intended to enhance your experience, helping you preview and explore places nearby or across the globe. We go to great lengths to make sure that imagery is useful, and reflects the world our users explore.
To help ensure that everyone viewing Google Maps imagery has a positive, beneficial experience, we’ve developed these Google Maps Image Acceptance and Privacy Policies. The policies explain important differences between how we address imagery captured by various methods and contributors, how we treat inappropriate content, and the necessary criteria for publishing imagery to Google Maps. Please check back from time to time, as we may occasionally update our policies.
Imagery on Google Maps either comes from one of two sources: Google or everyone else.Show moreShow less
These policies apply to images, captions, tags, links, metadata, and any other descriptive content associated with the imagery.Show moreShow less
All content that is published to Google Maps is public, including the location where the photo was taken. If your image is accepted to Google Maps it will be publicly visible to anyone who accesses our mapping products.Show moreShow less
Google takes a number of steps to protect the privacy of individuals when images are published to Google Maps. Read on for more information on how we handle privacy requests for imagery that appears on Maps and Street View.
You can tell if an image was captured by Google by the “Google Maps” or “Street View” attribution icon or name associated with it.Show moreShow less
You can tell if an image was captured by a member of the public by the personal profile name or icon associated with it.Show moreShow less
These policies apply equally to Google-contributed and user-contributed content. Please note that when we evaluate imagery for policy violations we also balance the artistic, educational, or documentary value of the content.Show moreShow less
We don’t allow individuals to use Google Maps to mislead others. This applies to deceptive content as well as false representations.Show moreShow less
Our publishing criteria apply to all photos that appear on Google Maps. Images that do not meet these criteria may be rejected from publication on Google Maps, but will remain visible from your Google Drive or Photos albums.
Images must accurately represent the location where they were taken. Images that are inaccurately placed on the map are likely to mislead others and will be removed from Google Maps.
Photo spheres must wrap 360º without any gaps in the horizon imagery. These images do not have to extend to the zenith and nadir (top to bottom), but between the top and bottom edges of your photo sphere only minor gaps/holes are acceptable.Show moreShow less
Stylistic adjustments (such as applied filters) are acceptable, provided that these stylistic changes are minimal and are not appended elements such as borders, text, collaged images, etc.Show moreShow less
Any content that contains advertising or excessive promotional content within imagery, captions, or comments will be removed.Show moreShow less
If you find content that you believe violates the Google Terms of Service, the Google Maps/Earth Additional Terms of Service, or these Geo Imagery and Privacy Policies, please report it to us using the Report a Problem link.Show moreShow less
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:Show moreShow less