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Google's Bangalore Streetview project stalled


Abhirr V P,CNN-IBN
Jun 21, 2011 at 10:06am IST

Bangalore: It was supposed to revolutionise the way we approach maps in the country but Google's Streetview has got itself into trouble with the Bangalore Police regarding security issues.

The Bangalore Police has objected to the collection of data by Google's cars, which were criss-crossing Bangalore city taking high definition images to give users 360 degree views of streets.

In a statement given to CNN-IBN Google said, "We can confirm that we received a letter from the Commissioner of Police regarding Street View. We are currently reviewing it and have stopped our cars until we have a chance to answer any questions or concerns the Police have."

India is not the first country where this project by Google has faced trouble. The likes of Austria and Germany have raised several security issues with Google.

Talking about the security concerns in an earlier interview with CNN-IBN, Google India Product Head Vinay Goel said, "We are only driving on public roads and taking publicly available imagery so what we are not doing is going into a specific installation and taking private pictures and obviously we are working with the authorities so if there are certain locations they don't want us to be there we won't go there, we are happy working with the authorities here."

Bangalore has several top security installments like ISRO, DRDO and HAL and the fear could be that a 360 degree view of the roads leading to them could be used by a terrorist in the future. But with Google saying they will work with the authorities means - there' still hope for Streetview fans.

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