India rejects Google’s Street View plan on security concerns
article source: TechCircle – June 9, 2016
India has rejected Google’s plans to put Indian cities, tourists spots, hills and rivers in an application in which one can explore through 360-degree, panoramic and street-level imagery.
Security establishment got wary of allowing such image-capturing given that planning for the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai is believed to have involved photographic reconnaissance of targets by Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said once the proposed Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016 comes into force, issues related to internet-based application would be resolved.
It explores places around the world through 360-degree, panoramic and street-level 3D imagery.
Everything taken under it posted online.
Google had on an experimental basis launched Street View in some of the tourist sites like Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Varanasi river bank, Nalanda University, Mysore Palace, Thanjavur temple Chinnaswamy stadium besides others in partnership with the Archaeological Society of India.
It was launched in 2007 in several cities in the US and has since expanded to include cities and rural areas worldwide.
Streets with Street View imagery available are shown as blue lines on Google Maps.
Most photography is done by car, but some is done by trekker, tricycle, walking, boat, snowmobile, camel, and underwater apparatus.