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Google “Street View” Barred in India By the Home Ministry!

Due to potential security risk to our defense establishments, tourists spots and historical places, Government of India’s Home Ministry refused Google’s plan to use 360 degree Panoramic Street view imagery. This special feature Street View is a part of Google’s Map and Earth Applications.

This feature would allow the user to spot the locations on Google Map with 360 degree Panoramic view with three-dimensional stitched imagery. It would get viewers to familiarize with the places without actually being there physically. This technology could have been a boon for visiting Foreign tourists to our country and also to interstate tourists.

But on the flip side such a deep and exact information with illustrated imagery is something that can be used to plot and plan major terrorists attack on the Indian soil. So after the detailed analysis by taking each and every factor into account by our security agencies and Defense forces, this proposal was turned down by Union Home Ministry.

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Street view Charminar

They also think by allowing Google to use this technology, would compromise the country’s Security. The defence establishments need to be protected by these invasions of technology, in the wake of recent attack on Pathankot Air Base.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijuju said, once the proposed Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016 would come into force, issues related to internet based applications would be resolved.

However, Google has already introduced this feature of Street View on experimental basis in some tourists sites like Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Varanasi River Bank, Nalanda University, Mysuru Palace, Thanjavur Temple and M. Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium in Bengaluru in partnership with Archeological Survey of India.

The Application was first introduced in 2007 in several cities of United States; and since then expanded to many cities and rural areas Worldwide.

Source: Business Standard