Thailand welcomes Google Street View with open arms, a rarity in Asia – Reuters, March 23, 2012
[Thanks to Daniel for pointing this out.]
Google rolled out 360-degree images of the streets of Bangkok, the resort island of Phuket and the northern city of Chiang Mai…
In Japan, for example, Google was required to reshoot its street level photos in 12 cities in 2009 after complaints the 360-degree camera, set atop a vehicle plying Japan’s narrow streets, was photographing the insides of people’s homes.
And in South Korea its Seoul offices were raided in 2010 after police discovered that the Street View vehicle was not just taking photos but also capturing data over Wi-Fi networks.
In India, Google’s plans to capture street-level images of Bangalore were blocked by Indian police in 2011. Google says it is in discussions with the Indian government “on ways to move forward…”
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