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. (Read more India stories.)