Google wants to send its spy cars into Israel

Google’s Street View service is causing controversy once again.

This time it’s in Israel where a ministerial task force has been set up to evaluate whether Google should be allowed to sent its spy cars to snap streets in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as part of the service.

According to Israeli paper Haaretz, the panel will begin working next week to work out what security risks Street View might pose. Unlike many other countries, which have in the past blasted the spying service for infringing on privacy, the Israeli bunch are worried that terrorists could use it to help plan attacks on leaders or those in the political spotlight.

If it gets the green light Google however, will have tight restrictions. It may be allowed to spy and pap Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa but it won’t be able to go near embassies or other points in certain areas of these cities.  

Google also won’t be happy if the decision doesn’t fall in its favour as it seems it’s had its all spying eye on Israel for while. Last year it bought local startup Quiksee hoping that the company’s software could be used to look into buildings.

The ministerial task force consists of Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor, who has been assigned the leader together with other ministers, with committee deciding on the outcome.