The search giant collects images to give its Street View users a 360-degree overview of streets, shops, and other locations. It sounds harmless, but Google’s image collection for Street View has been a cause for concern in multiple countries, not just India.
A big concern being expressed by India security agencies is that the 2008 Mumbai attacks was believed to have some sort of “photographic reconnaissance.” There are other concerns beyond just that, though.
“The main concern was security of sensitive defence installations. The defence ministry said it was not possible to monitor the service once it was launched and it would be detrimental to national security,” a senior government official told The Hindu newspaper.
Street View has been a controversial subject in many countries. For example, the BBC reports that almost 250,000 Germans requested that Google blur out their homes. In addition to that, the Czech government has actually banned Google from taking any new photos for Street View.
It goes without saying, the idea of Street View is extremely useful. But, in this day and age, there are some very valid privacy concerns that have to be waded through before the service can see big international success.