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Norwegian government stops Apple's aerial mapping of capital

The National Security Authority cites security concerns over the company photographing military buildings in Oslo.

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The Norwegian government has denied a request from Apple to do a 3D mapping of the capital city of Oslo because of security concerns, according to news reports Monday.

Apple applied for a license from the government to fly over Oslo and take images, but Norway's National Security Authority rejected the application because the mapping would include military buildings, local newspaper Aftenposten reported (translated by Google Translate).

The publication said the U.S. embassy has actually stepped in to aid Apple, and Oslo's mayor also asked the NSA to reconsider. The government has tightened its security measures since the 2011 bombing of an Oslo government building. The bombing left eight people dead and more than 200 injured.

Aftenposten noted that in the U.S. both Washington and military headquarters also are not mapped. Apple has been playing catch-up on maps since it booted Google's mapping app for its own, which it launched prematurely.

[Via BBC]