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Norwegian government blocks recording of iOS Flyover data for Oslo

updated 01:13 pm EDT, Mon August 12, 2013

Says recording could detail secret buildings, security measures

The Norwegian National Security Authority has halted Apple from recording the 3D imagery it wants for iOS Maps coverage of Oslo, according to local reports. The data would be used for Maps' Flyover feature, which lets users rotate and zoom in on buildings and other landmarks within select cities. To capture the necessary imagery, though, Apple has to circle each city using small aircraft equipped with special camera systems.

The NSA says it's concerned that cameras could potentially map out secret buildings and security measures within Oslo. Apple is said to be determined to get the Flyover data, to the extent of working through the US' embassy in Norway. The embassy is talking with Oslo mayor Fabian Stang, who is in turn communicating with Norway's defense minister.

A couple of factors may increase Apple's chances of getting the ban overturned. Stang suggests that the data could be useful for tourists, and that there may be ways of maintaining security while getting Apple what it wants. Flyover and its content is also based partly on work by C3 Technologies, which Apple bought in late 2011. Before C3's acquisition, Oslo was one of the cities it put in its database, although that data didn't migrate over to iOS.




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