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Pentagon Bans Google maps from making 360-degree street-level video near military bases  (View post)

Bilal [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, March 6, 2008
12 years ago4,431 views

The Pentagon has banned Google Earth from making detailed street-level video maps of U.S. military bases. A message sent to all Defense Department bases told officials to not allow the popular mapping Web site from taking panoramic views inside the facilities.

washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/cont ...

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[Moved from "Pentagon Bans Google Teams From Bases" – Tony]

"The Pentagon has banned Google Earth teams from making detailed street-level video maps of U.S. military bases.

A message sent to all Defense Department bases and installations around the country late last week told officials to not allow the popular mapping Web site from taking panoramic views inside the facilities."

I.e. users will not see Street View pictures from military bases in the United States.

Link:
ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gJ ...

BBC News has its coverage sharing more details and comments of both sides:
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7 ...

Above 2 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

Voyagerfan5761 [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

If it's against Google's policy, what ramifications does that have? If the Google employee who took the photos has ties to a terrorist organization, for example, should we be worried?

beussery [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

They seem to have been removed

maps.google.com/maps?hl=en& ...

Mysterius [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Is that Peace Sign intentional?

maps.google.com/maps?hl=en& ...

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

What peace sign?

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

<<and Google said it was actually against their policy anyway to take pictures which need special requests to military bases>>

So why did they take the pictures?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Apparently an employee or several employees made an error due to over-eagerness and violated the policy. Now imagine, but that's just speculation, all the policy violations happening inside of Google – privacy policy for how they handle user data anyone? – which you will NOT hear about ;)

Andy Wong [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Google is an US base company. Of course its policy can not be against US security policy and measurements.

I wish one day Google headquarter will move to Mars.

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