Police Complaints Stall Google Street View In India

Police Complaints Stall Google Street View In India

Summary: Google Street View cars in Bangalore, India have stopped driving following a complaint from the Commissioner of Police.

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Google Street View cars in Bangalore, India have stopped driving following a complaint from the Commissioner of Police. The whys and wherefores have yet to be revealed, but Google has confirmed with Indian digital media watchdog MediaNama that they're putting the brakes on until "[they] have a chance to answer any questions or concerns the Police have.”

As a quick refresher, Google Street View is the 360-degree, panoramic street-level imagery that Google provides for many Google Maps locations in the United States and 27 other countries. In late May, Google had announced that it would be deploying its specially-equipped fleet of Street View cars - along with custom three-wheel pedicabs nicknamed "Google Trikes" - to the roads of Bangalore.

But less than a month later, it looks like the project might be on hold because of policy concerns around whether or not Google Street View is a media publishing entity. As MediaNama explains, the Indian government has placed limits on the amount of foreign involvement in domestic media, and publishing photos of the streets of Bangalore online might be in violation.

However, that's just conjecture, and MediaNama doesn't think that those rules apply to Google Street View. More likely, this is a case of confusion over Google's permits - or the result of privacy complaints, as happened in Germany.

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  • RE: Police Complaints Stall Google Street View In India

    Forget Google Street View and go with Yandex "Panorama" - the Russians don't blur anything and the images seem to be as good quality or better than Street View. Coverage is limited to Russia and Eastern Europe, but looks great. Easy to use even if you don't read Russian - just click on the little binoculars icon in top right corner of map, then click on any blue-lined street to begin. Try Yandex Panorama View with Moscow: http://maps.yandex.ru/-/CBQInFpl
    JNewcomb
    • RE: Police Complaints Stall Google Street View In India

      @JNewcomb
      Yes, I'll forget google street view and use "Yandex" even though I live in Canada and have no reason to see Moscow streets.
      kay.one
      • RE: Police Complaints Stall Google Street View In India

        @kay.one The Moscow Panorama is an excellent EXAMPLE of what Yandex could do for Canada OR India. However, I live in Canada too but find the Yandex Panorama views of many Russian cities to be so good that its great way to take a cheap trip!
        JNewcomb
  • RE: Police Complaints Stall Google Street View In India

    Many countries termed "democratic" have a long way to go. They simply cannot countenance or accept a free interchange of information between citizens, and regard the press the and other dispensers of information with extreme suspicion.
    el vego
  • RE: Police Complaints Stall Google Street View In India

    Since this is india, no doubt the confusion over permits will miraculously clear up once the Police Commisioner receives his expected 'charity donation' from Google.
    TheToffee
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