The advancement of technology has truly given us the ability to do just about anything and everything we want to. In addition to maneuvering your everyday life online, one also has the freedom to view the world without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home.

Google Earth has allowed users to view just about anywhere in the world, all from a screen. If you've ever been fascinated with how the Taj Mahal looks, the Eiffel Tower or even your own house, Google Earth has got you covered.

While the task itself is quite straightforward, you might be surprised to find out that you can't view whatever you want. Google Maps has a number of blurred out regions across the globe from energy centers to government buildings and military bases.

With all that being said, here are 15 spots on Google Maps that have been completely blacked out.

15 Michael AAF Building, Utah - Hidden Secrets

The Michael Aaf Building in Tooele County, Utah is one of the many spots that are completely censored on Google Earth. It turns out this building is a military airport owned by the United States Army, making it quite secretive. Many reports claim that loads of confidential information is kept here, making it a clear reason behind its censorship.

14 Colonel Sander Signs - No Faces Allowed

While this one might come as a surprise, there are absolutely no KFC signs or billboards featuring Colonel Sanders on it that are visible via Google Earth. If you are familiar with Google Earth, then you know that a human face is never allowed under any circumstances, hence the reasoning behind this silly, yet understandable censorship.

13 Babylon, Iraq - Military Secrets

Babylon, Iraq is also another region of the world that is completely censored on Google. Not only is the exact reason still undetermined, but there have been a number of theories surrounding why nobody can view this location. There have been countless claims that this area is an alleged "radar or missile interception system."

12 North Korea - Is Anyone Allowed To See It?

This one should not come as a surprise! North Korea remains one of the most secretive countries in the world, and one that is extremely hard to get into, so it only makes sense that Google Earth blurs major parts of the country. Nevertheless, many have speculated the reason behind the censorship, and whether North Korea is hiding something.

11 The Royal Palace, Amsterdam - Royal Family Protocols

The Royal Palace of Amsterdam is located in none other than, Amsterdam! While this stunning building hosts the Royal Family, many wonder why they cannot view it from their phones or computers. Well, due to Royal protocol, aerial views of the Palace and its surrounding land is off-limits online to keep everyone as safe as possible.

10 Minami Torishima Airport, Japan - Is It Really Just An Airport?

The Minami Torishima Airport is located on quite a small island off the coast of Japan. Despite it simply appearing as a small landing strip for airplanes, many wonder if it is more than just an airport. The only aerial shots of the region have been taken by photographers in a plane, however, if you give the island a look on Google Maps, you won't be able to see much.

9 Keowee Dam, South Carolina - But, It's Just Water!

Next up on the list is Lake Keowee Dam, which is located in South Carolina. This one comes as a bit of a shock considering it's just water, however, it appears something deeper is going on for it to be censored on Google Earth. While the reason behind the blurring has not yet been disclosed, it's been alleged that various energy-related areas and regions like to keep things to themselves.

8 Baker Lake, Nunavut - Creepy Stories

While Canada is usually quite open, it appears this region is not! The censorship behind Baker Lake is still unknown, but many believe it has to do with a few creepy factors. For one, it is believed that this part of Canada is reportedly hiding extraterrestrial evidence, which might be a bit of a stretch. Unfortunately, there are many graves here, though.

7 Szazhalombatta Oil Refinery, Hungary - Conspiracy Theories

Next up is the Szazhalombatta Oil Refinery, which is located primarily in Hungary, but also has locations in Bratislava and Slovakia. Much like other multinational oil and gas companies, this oil refinery is the most profitable in all of Europe, which makes the reason behind the Google Earth censor quite understandable.

6 Volkel Air Base, Netherlands - Totally Off Limits

When it comes to Google Earth, it appears they do not want anyone seeing the Volkel Air Base either, which is located in the Netherlands. According to Atlas Obscura, this European airbase is censored due to the fact that it is one of the sites that host a "U.S. nuclear weapon repository," making it quite a confidential region.

5 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, California - What Are They Hiding?

The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is located in Salinas, California, and is yet another space that is blurred online. Despite this region coming across as a simple race car track, it looks like they are hosting more than some fast cars. The reason behind the censorship has yet to be discovered, however, many people speculate that this Mazda Raceway is up to something more than just racing cars.

4 HAARP Site, Alaska - Even More Conspiracies

The HAARP headquarters, which are located in Alaska, are also finding themselves in the hot seat when it comes to blurred regions on Google Earth. While the site has never released an official statement on the censorship, conspiracy theories have been swirling around stating that the headquarters are home to government missile defences, amongst other things.

3 NATO Headquarters, Portugal - Very Classified

In addition to the countless number of major government headquarters across the globe, the Nato headquarters located in Oeiras, Portugal offers very low resolution and blurring over many areas of their base. While it is easy to assume Nato is keeping loads of government secrets, classified files and or secretive military operations, no definite answer has been provided just yet.

2 Elmira Correctional Facility, New York - If We Can't See It, They Can't Get Out

The Elmira Correctional Facility, which is also referred to as 'The Hills', is a maximum security state prison located in Chemung County, New York. The prison is completely run by the New York State Department of Corrections and it looks like they run a very tight ship. The region is completely blurred on Google Earth.

1 Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, New York - The Public Wants It Shut Down

Much like every other energy-related compound we've come across, the Indian Point Energy Center is finding themselves on this list as well. Located in Buchana, New York, this energy center is not only blurred out but is doing more than what they disclose. There have been numerous rumours surrounding this center, much to do with the environment, which is why so many people want it shut down for good!