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Norway blocks map flights by Apple

AFP-JIJI

Norway’s intelligence agency has blocked Apple Inc. from flying over Oslo to take 3-D aerial photos for its map application, citing national security, officials said Tuesday.

“I can confirm that Apple was not authorized to take aerial photographs because the level of detail in the shots is considered too high for some of the restricted zones,” a spokeswoman for the Norwegian National Security Authority, Mona Stroem Arnoey, said. “We have however presented Apple with alternative solutions, including buying photos from Norwegian suppliers or from the Norwegian map authorities.”