North Oaks, a private community outside of St. Paul, Minn., sent a letter to Google last January, asking to be removed from any maps the company uses on its Web sits. The community's roads are privately owned and the city enforces a no-trespassing ordinance, according to reports.
"It's not the hoity-toity folks trying to figure out how to keep the world away," North Oaks Mayor Thomas Watson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "They really didn't have any authorization to go on private property."
Google has come under increasing fire for its Google Maps this year, particularly for its new Street View feature that shows 360-degree photographs of homes along a street. The shots are taken from a camera positioned on top of a vehicle that is driven through neighborhoods.
In April, a Pittsburgh-area couple sued Google for posting photographs of their home on its Web site. The plaintiffs allege that Google violated their privacy by filming their home on a private road without permission.
The Street View feature allows users to request that photos be removed for inappropriate content, privacy infringement, personal security or other concerns, according to the Web site.
Satellite images of North Oaks and other communities are still available and the town would not seek to ban those because city ordinances were not broken in taking those photos, Watson told the Star Tribune.