Norway says no to Apple”s 3D mapping of Oslo

Norway says no to Apple”s 3D mapping of Oslo


Norway: Norway is barring Apple from taking 3D images of its Oslo buildings out of fear for national security. The country’s National Security Authority told the Cupertino company that it is not allowed to fly over Oslo to take 3D images, a feature now available in Apple’s Maps App. In order to show a 3D representation of cities around the world, the company must physically fly its mapping technology around the building it wishes to capture.

National Security Authority director Oyvind Mandt told local paper Aftenposten that he is concerned Apple will inadvertently reveal sensitive security features associated with critical buildings in the city. For example, the country’s intelligence operations building is located in Oslo.

A 3D representation could also show different weaknesses in the country’s safety measures. According to Aftenposten, the United States Embassy is interceding for Apple in an attempt to get the area mapped.

Source: Venture Beat