Sunday, July 3, 2011

Google's Streetview hits a roadblock in Bengaluru

For the uninitiated, Google (Google Earth) has a feature called the Streetview. The Google Streetview car roams around the streets, clicking pictures as it drives by. These pictures are then stitched together to give you a virtual walkthrough. It's an amazing application, but now seems to be creating a lot of controversy, raising privacy concerns. Citizens are demanding that their street, houses should not be photographed by the car.

Pic source: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9217775/Google_Street_View_blocked_in_Bangalore


The other issue is security. After 26/11 in Mumbai, there is generally a lot of concern over security issues. The Karnataka Government has refused to allow the Google Streetview car to photograph sections of Bengaluru.

This is going to spark off a debate on technology, government, privacy concerns, freedom of speech, etc.

Click here for an article that has appeared on the rediff.com com home page tonight.