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The Indian Government has halted plans from Google to put Indian cities, tourists spots, hills, and rivers in an application in which one can explore through 360-degree, panoramic and street-level images.

According to the security agencies and home ministry, these pictures can be used for planning of terrorist attacks that might ultimately lead to events like those in 2008 that took place in Mumbai.

Street view, which was earlier just launched as a test in the US is now showcasing 360-degree panoramic views to include locations on all seven continents, covering 65 plus countries and has travelled seven million plus miles.

Google street view 2

Google has often run into trouble with their Maps platform, in countries that take privacy, including many in the EU. In Germany, homeowners can log into street view and blur their homes.

Google with the Archaeological Survey of India has already added their street view to the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Varanasi river bank, Nalanda University, Mysore Palace, Thanjavur Temple, Chinnaswamy Stadium besides others in partnership with the Archaeological Society of India.

red fort street view

But now, the Government of India has blocked Google from going ahead with Street View due to fear of potential terrorist attacks. However, if the fear of terrorism holds back progress, then terrorism at a certain level has already been achieved.

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  • Sagar Mendiratta
    June 11, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    So terrorist attacks is the reason. It means that our country doesn’t trust it’s security and defense system.

  • Prashantha Kumar
    June 11, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Good initiative taken by govt and some comments are so stupid here, we must know that Street view is blocked in several countries for the same reason security

  • Yelara Mookan
    June 11, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Next Google search will be banned

  • Ashu Singh
    June 11, 2016 at 1:53 am

    it is for security reason i think /

  • Shaikh Sarfaraz
    June 11, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Ha ab khud ka satellite hai to woi use karenge google map kyu

  • Shiharan Choudhury
    June 10, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Out of everything, i like google getting onboard the santa-fe

  • Arko Sen
    June 10, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Government will block each and every thing that is either true or might make India a better place.

  • hulone_
    June 10, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    It is a absurd call. In one hand you want digital India and on other you ban things which are steps towards digitization.

  • Dipanjan Ray
    June 10, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    DON’T GET ANGRY ON THIS STEP. GOOGLE STREET VIEW HAS BEEN BANNED IN INDIA BECAUSE OF SOME LEGITIMATE REASONS. THE MAIN REASON OF BANNING IT IS, TERRORISTS CAN EASILY EXPLOIT THIS TOOL TO MAKE ANOTHER BLAST OR DESTRUCTION. SO IT IS BANNED FOR OUR PROTECTION.

  • Rohit Tiwari
    June 10, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Good action taken by govt. otherwise pakistan k hamle or accurate ho jaynge U0001f635U0001f631U0001f61c

  • Kaustubh Sathe
    June 10, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Seriously ? Are you kidding me ?

  • Shivam Mendiratta
    June 10, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Hhahahahahahahahahahahahaha Dhruv Sharma sahi kaha U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602

  • Sam Aercy
    June 10, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Right move, anyways Street View is a nonessential feature, useless for most cases. Good for foreign travellers though

  • Bhimashankar Sanga
    June 10, 2016 at 11:22 am

    #GoogleStreetView is not a benign tool , its ban is not daft and we don’t become NIMBYs and luddites for opposing Google street view.Google Street View has been banned in Greece.Pentagon has banned Google from mapping its military bases.Surveillance watchdog Privacy International has filed several cases against #Google for its Street View operations in the UK.
    Its very difficult to trust US based money driven corporations who don’t come under the ambit of our laws,who are trying to sell their products/services in our interests, even when we don’t want them. The Indian government have every right to do what it wants on this issue.

  • Keyur Bhesania
    June 10, 2016 at 11:19 am

    indian safety =public safety. terrorist indian wall or land pe shoot ni public pe shoot karte he. -_-

  • Ravindran Vishwas
    June 10, 2016 at 11:18 am

    lol safety of India but not safety of public of India
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  • Sangamesh P Math
    June 10, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Yeah Indian security is too weak anyone can place a bomb anywhere.

  • Keyur Bhesania
    June 10, 2016 at 11:01 am

    it looks nonsense but right decision for safety of India.

  • Sonu Mandal
    June 10, 2016 at 10:53 am

    yeah govt. should block it.

  • Dhruv Sharma
    June 10, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Inmein se adho ko pta b ni hoga ki ye hota kya hai sale gawar to bhare pade hain

  • Archit Dhingra
    June 10, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Dhruv Sharma Vipul Hooda Shivam Mendiratta Ashish Kapil wtf?

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