Bangalore: BJP demands ban on Google Street View

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Google Street View trike
Bangalore, Jun 28: Just few days after the Bangalore police asked Google to stop capturing images of Bangalore city for its Google Street View Service, the state ruling Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) asked the state Home Minister to prevent Google from going along further.

The BJP Communication Cell submitted a memorandum to Home minister R Ashoka on Monday, Jun 27 asking him to ban Google's Street View service over security concerns. The memorandum said that the mapping of the city may pose a security threat to the city.

The BJP memorandum also said that street-vise information will increase the security threats as the city has been in the terror hit list.

Google Street View is a service that allows users to virtually explore and navigate a neighbourhood through panoramic street-level images. Google started capturing images of Bangalore streets and public places in May.

But Bangalore City Commissioner of Police ordered Google to stop the Street View cars and trikes with high resolution cameras mounted on top roaming the city collecting the images of the city. Police officials told that Google have no clearance from the Home and Defence ministries to collect the pictures of strategic buildings and public places.

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