Small Town Tells Google Maps to Keep Out

Google MapsNorth Oaks, Minnesota, population 4,500, has sent Google Maps a big message:

“Go away, and don’t come back.”

You see, in North Oaks the roads are privately owned by the residents. So when the Googlemobile toured North Oaks and photographed people’s homes from the street, it was technically trespassing. That’s what the North Oaks City Council claimed in a letter sent to Google, which requested that the company remove the images and destroy the files or potentially be cited for violating the city’s trespassing ordinance.

“This is very rare where an entire town would request to be taken off,” said a Google Maps spokesperson.

See coverage in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune.

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