Bangalore police have asked Google to ground their fleet of Street View cars which had started taking pictures of the city. The search giant received a letter from police even though it claims to have contacted local authorities before setting the fleet in motion. A Google spokesdroid told the Times of India: "We can confirm …
Knowing the traffic chaos
That is a feature of all major Indian cities, The stopping of Streetview cars by the local authorities is a bit pointless. They wouldn't be going anywhere fast anyway
Things have come a long way in India
Since just a few years ago when it was hard to get anything more than the sketch maps that featured in tourist guidebooks, or the simple line-drawing maps of major roads within states. Now, we carry digitised maps with detailed coverage (at least of the cities) on the GPS-equipped phones in our pockets, Google Maps has pretty good coverage, and (if you are that desperate) you can check out the solar water heater on the roof of my house in Google Earth.
However, National Security concerns are still very much a matter of fact. Consider who India's two biggest neighbours are. As noted, India is now pretty-much digitally available on the internet, but I always thought that Street View would be going a step too far, and was very, very surprised that Google had received any kind of permission.
There is also this crazy public-image thing that India seems to have, about the world thinking it is all modern IT Parks, shopping malls and tropical beaches. Which, of course... it isn't.
How far Google vehicles would get off the main roads, practically, even with all permissions, I just don't know. How the people who live on small roads, to whom the road outside their house is almost a part of their house, would feel about it, again, I just don't know.
For travel planning, and even travel substitute, Google Earth/Maps/StreetView is just wonderful. I'd love to see India covered. I'm not expecting it to happen though. And I'm not sure that it would be wise to let it.
street view in india.....
So you can see the locals taking a dump right outside that new building where your jobs have just been outsourced to.
I can understand that faces should be blanked, that's perfectly reasonable. You could even argue that surburban areas shouldn't really be in there, people in their preferred private dwellings but how useful is taking some pictures of a building in a public area, on a street really going to do to aid the average fundamentalist nutter?
"He might be able work out which doorway to attack!". Well he's organised enough to make a fricking bomb or buy some guns, so asking a mate to go down and make some mental notes about the building or go down the local Gov office, pay £5 quid and get the building plans, is a walk in the park from a resources point of view!!
Well he's organised enough to make a fricking bomb or buy some guns,
Yeah but he also Frikken retarded enough to blow the fuck out of innocent people.
Please dont judge their intelligence based on following blue peter style instructions on how to make a bomb.
From my time in India I can only think they forgot to bribe the local police.
These guys are so blatant they just stand by the side of the road, pull cars over ( sometimes with a road block ) and go down the line taking money off everyone.
Happened to me numerous times, being white we were sometimes waved through though which made me think they didnt want to get a reputation. Keep the corruption local and all that.
Sad to say...
Lack of paying the bribe was the very first thing I thought of too.
Google obviously aren't used to working in India, and neglected to bribe the right people.
...The Reg's continual fulmination about street view to be bizarre, coming from people where not only are most streets recorded -live- (rather than once or at very large intervals), but the results are available only to the government!
It's a bit like complaining that an acquaintance has a photo of your living room from last year while ignoring the ten burly dudes digging around your couch cusions and rifling through your medecine cabinet.
Tell me about it
Everything can be corrupted by the powermongers. Even privacy, which is supposed to be a bastion of freedom, is now being used to take it away - since your right to take and publish photographs in public places is now all but gone!