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Thursday 18 December 2014, 14:58 pm.
Google images compromise Botswana's national security

The new P79 million Office of the President headquarters, the Orapa House, will have to be scrapped off Google street view to protect structures of national security.
By Staff Writer Sun 21 Dec 2014, 23:30 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Google images compromise Botswana's national security








Orapa House is one of the landmark buildings that are trending on the newly launched Google street view of Gaborone. The Orapa House appears to have been shot with several cameras by the Google team, as one is able to navigate around the structure and view it from all sides with the click of a button. On the opposite side of Orapa House, the American Embassy structure can also be seen from all corners with the American flag also appearing as it flies high. One can also see the current Office of the President building in detail from the Google Street view.

But perhaps more baffling about the Google street view images of Gaborone has been pictures of the Botswana army headquarters, the SSKB Camp. Even in the map, Google shows where the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) headquarters is located, enabling one to click and zoom into it.

In one of the images about the army headquarters on the Google Street view, one is taken to the BDF gate, manned by soldiers. A BDF army bus can also be seen driving inside the camp. Contrary to earlier assurances by the office of the President that Google street view would not be allowed to go into residential areas, it has now emerged that the Google team have taken and published images of residential homes in Gaborone going street by street.

It would seem the Google street view team only cared about blurring people's faces and car registration numbers.While addressing a press conference in February alongside Google representative, deputy permanent secretary and government spokesman, Dr Jeff Ramsay, said there would be no filming at people's homes and government enclave.

 



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