Street View deadlock: BJP asks Google to meet Centre

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Bangalore, Jul 19: It seems like Google Street View Cars will have to wait some more time to roam through Bangalore streets once again. The Google officials, who met Karnataka BJP leaders to end the deadlock on Google Street View service, were advised to meet the Union government.

Google's legal expert Geetanjali Duggal and Venkatesh Hariharan, head of public policy and government affairs, had met BJP MLC Ashwath Narayan, BJP media cell in charge Prakash Shesharaghavachar and some other leaders on Monday, Jul 18 to discuss Karnataka government's ban on Street view cars over security concern.

While trying to convince the leaders, Google officials siad that they are planning to implement a screening mechanisms and guidelines for data protection system. Also, officials said the Street View service will not show pictures of strategically sensitive zones.

But, sources reported that BJP leaders are not happy with Google's proposal and advised them to meet Union government for getting the sanctions to capture images of streets and public place in Bangalore.

Google's ambitious project, Google Street View that allows users to virtually explore and navigate a neighbourhood through panoramic street-level images, hit headlines after the Karnataka government asked Google to stop capturing images of Bangalore.

Bangalore City Commissioner of Police ordered to halt Street View cars and trikes with high resolution cameras mounted on top saying that it has no clearance from the Home and Defence ministries to collect the pictures of strategic buildings and public places. Later, State ruling BJP party also asked its government to ban it completely.

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