📆 March 14, 2022 | ⏱️ 2 minute read | 🏷️ computing

PSA: You Can Remove Your Property From Street View Services

There are popular online street view services that offer detailed pictures of people’s properties. These services can be used for good purposes, but they can also be used by stalkers to:

There are several valid reasons besides theft and stalking that one might want to have their property removed from street view services.

All the online guides for how to get your property removed require using the street view service. I can’t recommend that method because they all require executing proprietary JavaScript. As an alternative method, you can call the service by phone and request them to remove or blur out your property. There’s a list of street view services listed by location on Wikipedia. You can use it to determine who you need to contact.

While this won’t stop the state from spying on you, ordinary remote stalkers will be thwarted. All you have to do is simply ask popular consumer street view companies to remove or blur out your property.

I can personally attest that this works. Companies will blur out your property and it’s probably in their best interest to do so. It’s better for them to oblige the few people who want their property blurred out rather than risk bad press and legal trouble.

Companies don’t want the public to associate their services with stalkers and thieves, so they give themselves an out by allowing people to remove their property. However it’s not in their best interest to advertize this fact because their service is less useful the more people that request their property to be removed.

And that’s why I’m writing this entry. I just want to make people aware that removing their property from street view services is an option. All these street view services should be opt-in by law. But, unless and until that happens, everybody should be aware that they can opt out.