Google Suspends Bangalore Street View Project

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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The Google company says it has suspended photography in the Indian city of Bangalore for its Street View project, in compliance with a request from city officials.

Google said in a statement Tuesday that it had received a letter from Bangalore’s commissioner of police and will not be collecting any more images of Bangalore city streets until company officials talk with police.

Bangalore police have not said why they object to the Street View project, which strives to give users of Google maps a panoramic view of street-level surroundings.

But the company has encountered objections from officials in France, Britain, and elsewhere over concerns about privacy and security issues.

Google official Vinay Goel has told reporters Google photographers remain on public property while taking pictures. He has also said the photographs only contain things any pedestrian would see while walking down the street.

Earlier this year, France imposed a $143,000 fine on Google for collecting private information from wireless networks as its photographers cruised up and down French streets.