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Google Street View Barred From Bangalore

Google has been denied approval to collect images for its Street View project in Bangalore, India.

The state police of Bangalore have stopped Google from collecting high definition pictures for its Street View project, citing security concerns, PC World (opens in new tab) reports.

"We received a letter from Bangalore's commissioner of police and are reviewing it. We will not be collecting any more images for Street View until we speak to the police," a spokeswoman of Google told Agence France-Presse (opens in new tab).

According to the BBC, (opens in new tab)the additional police commissioner of Bangalore Sunil Kumar said that the police department was concerned about the project because the city has major defence and scientific institutions. The police asked Google to seek clearance and permission from country’s ministry of home and external affairs.

In order to avoid a controversy, Google has removed its cameras from the streets of the city until official talks are held between company officials and the ministry.

Google has faced several obstacles, including banning and discontinuation of its Street View service in several other countries including Germany, Czechoslovakia, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, mostly over security and privacy concerns.