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The Six Step Google Street View Removal Program

Were you or someone you know one of the "chosen ones" like this lucky lady who landed on Google's new Street Views feature? Thankfully this revealing image has now been removed from the net, although there are many more controversial images that have been discovered while using this tool. If you found yourself on a map and you'd rather not have your picture available for millions to see, Google claims that they have easily accessible tools for flagging inappropriate or sensitive imagery for review and removal.

To see Google's official six step removal program for erasing a picture off Street View from Wired,

Here is what they had to say:

To request removal of your image from Street View, you must demonstrate that you are the person shown in the panorama you would like removed. We will not take action if you are reporting on behalf of someone else (such as a friend, relative or stranger), except that you may report on behalf of your minor child. To show that you are the person in the image you would like removed, you must provide us with the information specified below. To expedite our ability to process your request, please use the following format on your verification form:

  1. Provide your legal name.
  2. Provide your e-mail address.
  3. Provide the street view address of the Street View image you would like removed.
  4. Include the sworn statement: "I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate."
  5. Attach a clear, readable copy of a valid photo ID (e.g. driver's license, national ID card, etc). If you are requesting removal of an image of a location, attach a copy of a document demonstrating your association with that location ( e.g. business card or letterhead).
  6. Please e-mail your completed verification form, along with the necessary attachment, to within 5 days. If you are unable to upload a copy of your photo ID electronically in an e-mail, you may also fax us a copy of your form and photo ID to (650) 887-0389.
  7. We will temporarily remove the Street View image pending receipt of your ID verification. If we have not received a copy of your photo ID within 5 days, then we will restore the panorama back to Street View. Please note that we will investigate your complaint and take action as needed. We will not contact you unless we need more information to review your request. If you see that the panorama was not removed from Street View, it is likely that it did not meet our conditions for permanent removal.


    The Google Team

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