Google has been ordered by city police to suspend its "Street View" service in the Indian IT hub of Bangalore, the company said today, in the latest setback to its global mapping project that has been hit by privacy fears.
The technology giant has sent a fleet of cars around the globe to capture millions of images used with maps as part of its panoramic Street View service, but faces regulatory challenges from authorities across the world on data protection concerns.
"We received a letter from the commissioner of police regarding Street View. We are currently reviewing it and have stopped our ars until we have a chance to answer any questions or concerns the police have," Google said in a statement.
The commissioner of police declined to elaborate on the reasons for the letter when contacted.
Bangalore is the leading IT hub in Asia's third-largest economy, where Google employs thousands nationwide and where global technology giants such as Microsoft, Yahoo and Intel also have offices.
Google began collecting images three weeks ago in Bangalore, the first Indian city targeted by Street View.
The company aims to cover all of India with the mapping service, a spokesperson said.
Regulators across Europe, Canada and Singapore have conducted investigations into the legality of Street View, after Google admitted to U.S. authorities that the vehicles used to take the photographs for the service had also collected personalinformation such as emails and passwords from unsecured WiFi networks.
France's data protection regulator fined the firm €100,000 in March for collecting information from unsecured WiFi networks, while the Czech Republic rejected Google's application to photograph there last September.
by Guy Foxe 7 years ago
Is Google Street View an Invasion of Privacy?A recent story on the NPR show, In the Media, discussed opposition to Google Street View, a feature as I'm sure you know that takes searchable 360 degree views of city streets. Groups argue that the feature invades privacy. What do you think?
by MomsTreasureChest 5 years ago
Have you ever seen the Google Street View camera car around your neighborhood or on the highway?
by Fiction Teller 8 years ago
I've been ignoring Google Street View unintentionally, but just started playing around with it. Notwithstanding the justifiable legal fuss about privacy issues, it seems rather nifty. Would it be possible to add a module that allows us to embed Google Street View into our hubs? ...
by jbaby103 7 years ago
what do you go to, to find google earth street view.
by Ron Noble 3 years ago
Does Google allow usage of street view images?I'm wondering if it is against Google's rules, regarding street view imagery usage (copyrights), to screenshot a street view image and use them for hub photos of a place?
by Will Apse 9 years ago
Can we please have a way to embed Google Street maps? Think of the hubs that can be made for travel, history, eating out getting to places etc etc that would benefit from Street Maps.
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