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Friday, March 07, 2008

U.S. Military Restricts Google Maps

The U.S. Department of Defense put Google on the defensive when it issued a communique to make it clear that the roving photographic vehicles Google uses to acquire Google Maps Street View images aren't allowed on U.S. military bases.

The DOD took action when Street View images of Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, appeared on Google Maps. Google introduced Google Maps Street View images for San Antonio in February. Google removed the pictures at the request of the military. Fort Sam Houston is not open to the public.

Google isn't unaware of the privacy issues surrounding its collection of images. "We've been pretty clear with people that if they're concerned with the imagery, we try to make it easier and easier to submit requests to get the imagery taken down," said spokesperson Larry Yu.

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