Indian Cops to Google Street View: Stop Filming

Google must obtain the proper security clearance to continue
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 21, 2011 11:04 AM CDT
Google has been prohibited from filming India for it's Street View service.   (Google Maps)

(Newser) – Police in southern India have halted Google from taking pictures of streets for its popular Street View services until it gets approval from the federal government. The Mountain View, California-based company will be allowed to resume filming only after it produced security clearances from the Home Ministry and Ministry of Defense, a police official said today.

India is especially sensitive to detailed photographs and locations of key buildings being made public since the 2008 Mumbai attacks where 10 armed gunmen rampaged through iconic city landmarks including two five-star hotels and a Jewish center killing 166 people. Street View has raised privacy concerns in many countries, like Switzerland.

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