Oslo – Officials from Norway have forbidden Apple to take aerial photographs of Oslo to create 3D images for its Maps application.

The Norway National Security Authority has confirmed the ban claiming it had security concerns, but also added that the data is already there for the tech firm if they wanted. Most map brands have only flat surface satellite images for their services. However, Nokia has some 3D images of Oslo’s buildings in its Here app, but only for a limited area of the city.

As BBC reported, Aftenposten, a local newspaper, first confirmed the denial. Due to increased security measures in response to the attacks perpetrated by Anders Breivik, when he planted a bomb outside of a government building in central Oslo before committing a killing spree at a youth camp two years ago.

“There has been a major debate in Norway about security since the shootings, including how secure government offices should be,” Henning Carr Ekroll, a security reporter at national newspaper Aftenposten, told the BBC. However, a spokeswoman from the Security Authority indicated that they are trying to be flexible with Apple by giving them a way to add Flyover view to the Oslo map in its app. “It’s easier for Norwegian operators to get licences because [the ministry] can have more control over the photos.”

Aftenposten also pointed out that neither the US Department of Defense in Arlington, VA neither the CIA headquarters at Langley, VA are currently available in 3D on Apple’s maps. This assertion brings back the rights that a foreign company has to complain about national rules, when at their own country they are being arm-twisted.

source: http://www.digitaljournal.com