Skip to comments.How to Erase Your Home from Google Maps
Posted on 06/28/2014 9:38:13 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
It seems like Google Maps is getting more new features every day. And now, according to The Daily Dot, the companies that provide satellite images to Google just got approval to take higher-resolution photos. Meaning that your prize rose garden will be crisply broadcast to anyone who happens upon your neighborhoods Street View.
But there are some things that most would prefer not to air to the entire Internet. Those being your cars license plate, the facade of your house, your visitors, and of course your face. The good news: There are tools in place to allow you to blur these things out. The bad news: It seems that anyone can use them on anyone else.
1. Go to Google Maps and enter your home address.
2. Your address will appear on the map. Underneath the search bar, click the Street View box. Or you can grab the little Pegman on the bottom-right corner of the screen and place him wherever youd like.
3. Once youve adjusted your view so you can see the front of your home, click Report a problem at the very bottom right of the page.
4. Youll be brought to a page that displays your address and the image of your home. Adjust the red box to make sure its focused on the thing you want blurred out. It can be your face, your license plate, your home, or anything else (you, naked, doing backflips in your front yard). Indicate what youd like to eliminate by filling out the form under Request blurring. You can also report poor image quality
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Driving must be a pain for people who are afraid of others seeing their license plate.
All that getting out and covering it up each time someone gets too close behind you must really eat up transit time.
What freeper house is in the pic lol
Piss off Obama so he takes it out with a drone strike?
That blurred area is the future home of the Obama Pestilential Library and Community Organizing Research Center.
Oh...sorry. That’s PRESIDENTIAL. NOT!!
I've played around with the idea of an LCD film across the license plate. Half would be dark at any time. The switch between the sides would be so fast that it would just appear somewhat shaded when looking at it, but any camera fast enough to take a picture of a moving car would only get half the plate.
But... But... If they can see your license plate, they can find out where you live.
I noticed the other day that the roof of every home in Japan is whited out on Google Earth once you zoom in to a certain point. Never noticed that before.
“I’ve played around with the idea of an LCD film across the license plate. Half would be dark at any time. The switch between the sides would be so fast that it would just appear somewhat shaded when looking at it, but any camera fast enough to take a picture of a moving car would only get half the plate.”
I’m impressed... That’s a pretty clever idea.
Interesting idea. Perhaps the half blocked out could be in the image of a diffraction pattern.
The control freaks will be coming for webcams soon. Also cameras, dashcams and phonecams. Already after r/c planes and copters.
Do you know there are low cost cameras that can be put in r/c planes and they transmit real time images to a helmet display? It moves as you move your head and displays the video stream along with gps coordinates. It is as if you were in the plane.
Aleady had to cut back on my geocaching hobby.
Its laz hittin it hideaway thats what you get for missing staff meetings
Go-Pro has some neat stuff but it ain't low cost.
Hopefully they'll be like VCRs were.. start out pricey but quickly become affordable.
I live on a dirt road. But I did see the Google Street View car yesterday.
“your cars license plate”
Google already blurs out license plates...
I like that!
From the satellite view, burglars can see entrances to your back yard, see items of value and plan escape routes. Very handy.
LOL ... people are “getting crazy” these days about stuff that is totally public. I think they better consider living in a cave.
The American sheeple spend their time thinking about the trivial , the baser instincts, the totally unreal and useless. They don’t have time to think about real problems in this country.
Yeah, kinda depends on the definition of low cost. I can’t afford the r/c stuff but IIRC the unit I was refering to is less thn $1000.
Art Newland on youtube has some excellent videos flying around his neighborhood and his club’s r/c airport. There are lots of others as well.
FWIW in the ‘60’s people complained about teen aged rocket boys like me and my friends when we flew camera equipped Estes model rockets and camera equpped balloons.
Yeah ... they should “look at the big picture” ... and excuse the pun ... :-) ...
They already blur people, license plates, and most signs. If you go nuts blurring stuff, it just calls more attention to you.
Our neighborhood was recently found by google maps. Since then, we’ve had several incidences of thefts, attempted break ins and prowlers. We’ve never had that problem before. Coincidence or a useful burglar tool.
A useful burglar tool is a car driving down the street ... :-) ...
Yeah ... the thief just hops in his car to see for himself what is really going on at that address ... LOL ...
I do not know if it works...the reviews have been mixed
So go and blur out all your competition!
Just checked my house on google Street View. Photo is about 5 years old.
I would think that would only work when the camera is supplying the illumination, not for the Mercedes in the illustration.
When google/bing/sat maps are outlawed, only outlaws will have them.
It isn’t the person using the device, it’s the device that commits the crime.
Ahhh ... you’re borrowing from the gun control debate ... :-) ...
That is an excellent idea!
Ours is tagged as September 2013. Glad I cut the grass shortly before they drove by.
Hmmm...mrs p6 just brought up something related. Anyone look at homes on the real estate websites like zillow? Often there are tons of inside pics and slideshow tours.
Planning to rob...go to zillow. You can case the place from your armchair.
Perhaps those sites should be banned as well.
Interesting. SPIKE had a short series about dropping off the grid a couple years ago. They recommended an array of LEDs spaced around the bill of a BB cap. It completely washed out the face from security camera footage; parking lot cameras up on a light pole, ATMs, and so on. Can’t recall the frequency they used, however.
Maybe infra red leds? Wish I could turn them off on my home webcam. They reflect off of everything.
Putting my money where my mouth is.
Link to my earthcam page. In the sidebar there are links to our live, controllable webcam. Yes it can be panned to see into our living room. Tonight we will be watching svengoolie on metv.
Oh, BTW, we are heavily armed.
And yes the neighbors appriciate being able to log on and watch their property online. Plus there is the weather station.
All soon to be regulated/banned.
(Neat cam setup.)
Looks like it will be down for awhile. Getting hit with a severe storm. LOTS of rain. Ponding in the parking lot.
The back up power should be ok for a few hours but it looks like our Comcast IP service is Comcastic...as usual, LOL!
The license plate lenses aren’t prefect. Had one on and still got a camera ticket.
But I’ll be darned if I looked at it from angles and it did blur out at from angles. Don’t know how the camera got it though. The camera was high up in the toll booth. So maybe up high the lens doesn’t block? From the sides it did though.
So I finally come across one of your posts and its of a dang hedge. I’ve missed your beautiful bird photos. Hope you are doing okay.
In the Evil Empire, maps and phone books were state secrets, and things like typewriters needed licenses.
Back in the day, it was said to be the tallest building in Moscow, because you could see Siberia from its basement.
Google already blurs faces and license plates.
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