Google Street View halted in India by police

Google Street View halted in India by police

first_imgGoogle was all set to start shooting the streets of Bangalore, India with its trusty Street View camera cars, but Indian authorities have put a stop to the operation just one month after the project started. A letter from the police commissioner was sent to Google ordering the company to delay taking Street View images since it had not attained the required security clearance from the federal government.Google Street View provides panoramic views from various positions along many streets around the world. Google has already launched Street View in 26 other countries, and had planned to map all of the major cities in India after it was done with Bangalore. There’s even work under way to start mapping China.AdChoices广告Local police were worried about the military locations stationed in Bangalore that would be visible on Google Maps and Google Earth. Google said in a statement that it is currently reviewing the letter and has stopped its cars until it has a chance to address the questions or concerns from the police.According to the Associated Press, a senior police official in the technology hub of Bangalore said the compay would only be allowed to continue filming after it attains the above-mentioned security clearances from the Home Ministry and Ministry of Defense.India isn’t the only place giving Google a hard time; the company has encountered problems in the past with Street View in overseas locations. Google agreed in February to a request to blur many of its photos in Switzerland. The company was ordered to completely blur every license plate and face in Street View. In Germany, Google agreed to blur the homes of people who requested it. Google apparently has images collected in 20 German cities but won’t add them to Street View because of the legalities.via AP and PCMaglast_img

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