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.

Street View imagery can be contributed by external parties or Google. You can tell the difference by the attribution name or icon presented with each image. Imagery captured by an external party and published to Google Maps is owned by that contributor (or any successor they assign).

This page sets forth the Google-Contributed Street View Imagery Policy. For user-contributed Street View imagery, please see the Maps User Contributed Content Policy.

Google-Contributed Street View
Imagery Policy

To help ensure that everyone viewing Street View imagery has a positive, beneficial experience, we’ve developed this Google-Contributed Street View Policy. It explains how we treat inappropriate content and the criteria we use for publishing Street View imagery to Google Maps. Please check back from time to time, as we may occasionally update our policy.

Street View Imagery is Not Real Time

Street View imagery shows only what our cameras were able to see on the day that they passed by the location. Afterwards, it takes months to process them. This means that content you see could be anywhere from a few months to a few years old. In some locations where we have collected imagery over many years, you may also be able to view changes to that imagery in our Time Machine function.


Google takes a number of steps to protect the privacy of individuals when Street View imagery is published to Google Maps.

We have developed cutting-edge face and license plate blurring technology that is designed to blur identifiable faces and license plates within Google-contributed imagery in Street View. If you see that your face or license plate requires additional blurring, or if you would like us to blur your entire house, car, or body, submit a request using the "Report a problem" tool.

Inappropriate Content

You can report inappropriate content using the "Report a problem" link. We consider the following categories to be inappropriate content, except where there is the artistic, educational, or documentary value in the content.

Intellectual property violations

Intellectual property violations

We don’t allow images or any other content that infringes on anyone else’s legal rights, including copyright. For more information or to file a DMCA request, review our copyright procedures.

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Sexually explicit content

We don’t allow sexually explicit content.

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Illegal, dangerous, or violent content

We don’t allow content that is illegal in nature, promotes dangerous or criminal acts, or contains graphic or gratuitous violence.

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Harassment and threats

We don’t allow content which uses Street View to harass, bully, or attack individuals.

Hate speech

Hate speech

We don’t allow content that promotes or condones violence against individuals or groups on the basis of race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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Terrorist Content

We don’t permit terrorist organizations to use this service for any purpose, including recruitment. We’ll also remove content related to terrorism, such as content that promotes terrorist acts, incites violence, or celebrates terrorist attacks.

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Child endangerment

Google has a zero-tolerance policy against content that exploits or abuses children. This includes all sexual abuse imagery and all content that presents children in a sexual manner. If you find any content that you think exploits children in this manner, please do not re-share or comment on it, even if your intent is to bring the content to Google’s attention. If you find content elsewhere on the internet, please contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) directly.

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Personally identifiable information

We don’t allow content that contains personally identifiable information such as credit card details, medical records, or government-issued identification — whether yours or someone else’s.