Google Street View Blocked in Bangalore, India

Just three weeks after its Street View project launched in Bangalore, Google is required to stop its street view cars from taking pictures and mapping streets of Bangalore.

"We can confirm that we received a letter from the Commissioner of Police regarding Street View. We are reviewing it and have stopped our cars until we have a chance to answer any questions or concerns the Police have," a Google spokesperson said in an email reply.

According to Sources familiar with the matter, the Commissioner of Police of Bangalorehas not only asked the search engine giant to stop photographing streets but also called Google officials for further discussions.

Google Street View was launched in Bangalore on 26 May with the plan to eventually cover the entire country. The company said at that time that it had obtained the necessary permission from the traffic department of the city police.

According to MediaNama, citing an anonymous source, the police acted because there were several restrictions on photography by foreigners or foreign firms in India.