According to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, if you are looking for more privacy, then you should move.
His callous remark came during a discussion on Google Maps Street View cars, which were found to be illegally collecting e-mails, passwords and surfing habits while photographing your neighborhood. Appearing on CNN’s Parker Spitzer a week ago, Schmidt made a bold statement that was eventually edited out of the broadcast. He said that said individuals who did not want the Street View cars to snap photos of their homes should “just move.” Schmidt then told The Hollywood Reporter, “As you can see from the unedited interview, my comments were made during a fairly long back and forth on privacy. I clearly misspoke. If you are worried about Street View and want your house removed please contact Google and we will remove it.” You can have your house removed from Google Maps Street View. Here’s how (see video):
- Go to www.google.com/maps
- Locate your house by typing its address into the search box and pressing Enter.
- Click on the small picture of your house that says Street View.
- Adjust Google Maps Street View by clicking the left and right arrows on the Street View image until you see your house.
- Click the Report a Problem link at the bottom-right corner of the Street View image.
- It will take you to a page to Report Inappropriate Street View. Here you can ask to have any number of things blurred, including the picture of your house.
- You will need to provide your email address and submit a CAPTCHA.
An investigation into Google’s accidental practice of collecting identity information has been opened in France, Germany, Spain, as well as in the U.S. Google claims that it will delete the sensitive information as soon as possible, but in the meantime, victims remain helpless. John Sileo is an an award-winning author and keynote speaker on identity theft, internet privacy, fraud training & technology defense. John specializes in making security entertaining, so that it works. John is CEO of The Sileo Group, whose clients include the Pentagon, Visa, Homeland Security & Pfizer. John’s body of work includes appearances on 60 Minutes, Rachael Ray, Anderson Cooper & Fox Business. Contact him directly on 800.258.8076.