Thai villagers block Google car
15 August 2013, 12:00
Bangkok - Internet giant Google's Street View project,
which has raised privacy concerns in several countries, has ignited a minor
uproar in northern Thailand, where villagers suspected its cameras were
surveying for an unwanted dam project.
Google's regional communications manager Taj Meadows said
on Wednesday that the company was aware of the incident in Sa-eab village in
Phrae province, in which about 20 residents blocked a Google camera-equipped
Google's project takes photos to accompany its Google
Earth map programme.
The Manager newspaper reported that the villagers took
the vehicle's driver to a local temple, where they made him swear on a statue
of Buddha that he was not working for the dam project.
The Prachatai news website reported that the villagers
released him and later apologised to Google and everyone involved.