Google Removes Military Installations off Street View

Mar 10, 2008 • 10:39 am | comments (1) by | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Because of a threat to national security, Google has removed imagery of US military bases from Street View, according to InformationWeek.

The Pentagon said that Google (NSDQ: GOOG)'s Street Views is a threat to national security and made Google pull images taken on streets near U.S. military bases. Google complied with the governmental order, even though the images were taken from public streets.

Was the government too hard on Google? As one forum member puts it, if it was taken from a public street, why should it be removed? If the government finds that there are security concerns, they should have added a gate or wall to prevent people from seeing it. Why would the government let the big Googlemapsmobile even take photographs around the place if this was a concern to begin with?

What do you think? Forum discussion continues at WebmasterWorld and DigitalPoint Forums.

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