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Aug 14, 2013 5:52 PM by Associated Press

Thai villagers apologize for blocking Google car

BANGKOK (AP) - 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 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 car. Google's project takes photos to accompany its Google Earth map program.

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 apologized to Google and everyone involved.

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