According to officials, putting places of strategic importance on Street View could be detrimental, as militants may use the imagery for possible terror attacks
Google’s popular Street View project hit a road block in India as the Union Home Ministry (MHA) denied security clearance to the internet giant’s plans.
Street View enables people to explore world landmarks, discover natural wonders, and step inside locations such as museums, arenas, restaurants and small businesses with 360-degree images on Google Maps.
As per reports, the permission was denied after the defence ministry and security agencies raised objections. According to officials, putting places of strategic importance on Street View could be detrimental, as militants may use the imagery for possible terror attacks.
“The main concern was security of sensitive defence installations. Defence ministry said it was not possible to monitor the service once it was launched and it would be detrimental for national security,” said a senior official, according to The Economic Times.
Investigating agencies suspect that such imagery was used by terrorists for the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 and the Pathankot airbase attack in January this year.
In April 2015, Google representatives had made a presentation on Street View for the MHA. They had told the officials then that the platform would be useful for tourism and disaster management.
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