Google Street View poses “security threat”, could be banned in Bangalore

Google Street View poses “security threat”, could be banned in Bangalore

It looks like Google’s problems with Street View in India is far from over.

Times of India reports that the Street View project hasn’t gone down too well with the Karnataka State Government.

A memo sent to State Home Minister R Ashok by Bharatiya Janata Party‘s communication cell states that because Bangalore is a hub for IT/BT industries and houses many defence establishments including Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), locations indexed by Google Street View may pose a serious threat to the city.

One of the member of Karnataka’s Legislative Assembly B N Vijaykumar, who was a part of the delegation which formulated the memo, said:

The city has been in the terror hit list. If Google gives information on Bangalore street-wise, there’s a chance of information misuse.

Ashok has said that the state government will take suitable action on the matter.

Google had previously been forced to suspend its collection of imaging and data for its Street View project in India, after the company had received a letter from the Commissioner of Police in Bangalore.

The company has reportedly failed to produce the requisite clearance documents it had claimed to have obtained from the central government and has suspended the project until it has received permission from city officials.

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