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Norway Denies Apple Oslo Ariel 3D Photography Licence

13/08/2013 11:02 BST

The Norwegian government has denied Apple a licence to take 3D ariel photography of Oslo.

The images are intended for use in the company's Maps app but authorities are concerned they could reveal sensitive security information about government buildings, reports local media.

Officials from the US embassy have asked defence minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen to reconsider the appeal, noting that Apple was granted permission in all other Western capitals.

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This is about as close as Apple are going to get for now

Security in Oslo has been significantly ramped up since Anders Breivik bombed a government building and then shooting dead 67 people at a youth camp in 2011.

Henning Carr Ekroll, a security reporter at the Aftenposten, told the BBC: "There has been a major debate in Norway about security since the shootings - including how secure government offices should be.

"That applies both to physical security but also to aerial photography.

"The government is unable to do anything about satellite images but you still need permission to fly and you get higher definition pictures from a plane."

Other governments including the US have come to a compromise with Apple where lower resolution images of sensitive buildings are used.

Apple's Maps app has run into a few problems since being introduced not least the many embarrassing errors in the original version.

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