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Dealing with a cyberstalker isn't easy

QI have a cyberstalker. He's used Google Earth to post pictures of my mom's house and my own. I have tried contacting Google. My e-mail messages go unreturned. Can you help me? I need to have these images removed ASAP.
—David in Shelbyville, TN, listening on WWTN 99.7 FM

AI'm a bit confused. Where are the photos posted?

Google Earth probably already contains these images. So, your stalker wouldn't have posted them to Google Earth.

It sounds like the photos have been taken from Google Earth. The stalker then posted them on another site. In that case, you will want to contact that site's owner, not Google. Explain the situation to the site owner. This may get the images pulled from the site.

To find the site owner, go to Whois.Net. Enter the Internet address in the Whois Lookup blank.

Links to the site containing the pictures may appear in Google's search results. You'll still want to contact the site where the images appear. I doubt you'll have any luck getting Google to pull the links from its search results.

I can't dispense legal advice. However, there may not be much you can do besides asking "pretty please." Posting a photo of someone's house usually isn't illegal in the United States. Otherwise, mapping sites with satellite images would be swimming in lawsuits.

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