THE GOVERNMENT of Norway is preventing Apple Maps planes from flying over the country and mapping it.
Apple Maps had a tortuous launch and forced Apple to recommend that its users adopt other providers' maps services. CEO Tim Cook made the apology himself, although the head Apple's Maps department left the company shortly afterwards.
Apple has not commented on reports that started in Norway and now include the BBC. The BBC's report said that Apple has only a piecemeal picture of Oslo in its Maps database, and that the Norwegian government is keen to keep it that way.
Documents seen by Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten suggest that Apple has been denied access by the local security agency, and that images of Oslo are scarce for security reasons.
"We do not want it to be shooting with such a high degree of precision that can be used to identify areas that require special shielding. Photo shoot with this level of detail can provide knowledge about the safety measures that are not desirable that becomes available," said National Security Authority acting director Øyvind Mandt.
"There is a problem that we do not have national control over the material collected. There are Norwegian companies that are licensed to do so, and then the Photo above sheltered areas have a strong reduced resolution, so you can not see the details."
Mandt added that it would be unlikely for there to be detailed images of the US White House on the internet for example. µ
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