India rejects Google Street View plan over security concerns

  • Gayathri Mathivanan
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  • June 10, 2016, 9:16 AM


India has rejected Google's plans to collect images for its Street View service in the country after objections from security agencies.


India has rejected Google’s plans to put Indian cities, tourist’s spots, hills and rivers in an application in which one can walk around through 360-degree, panoramic and street-level imagery. The home ministry has conveyed to Google that their plan to cover India through the Google Street View is rejected.


The Press Trust of India agency reported that India's interior ministry had informed Google that its plans to cover India through the service had been rejected.


Security agencies had expressed concern regarding allowing such image-capturing services, on the basis that planning for 2008 Mumbai attacks is believed to have involved photographic scouting of targets by key "planner" David Headley, a US man.


People familiar with the matter said the rejection came after a detailed analysis by security agencies and defence forces which feel that allowing Google to cover India would compromise country’s security interest.


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.


Google Street View was launched in May 2007 but has caused problems of privacy in some countries.


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