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Google’s Mapathon data have to be vetted: Survey of India

India: Data collected by Google under its Mapathon project could take some more time to be uploaded for users. Major General R.C. Padhi, Additional Surveyor General, said that information gathered by Google had to be vetted by the necessary authorities to ensure the protection of security sensitive areas.

Padhi, while criticising Google for their breach of rules with regard to the Google Mapathon competition, also hinted that Government may liberalise policy on mapping and other location-based services in the future.

Speaking at the Location Based Services Conference organised by FICCI and the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Padhi said that “while the rules maybe irritating, they still need to be followed.” The Survey of India had no problem with the mapping of other areas that were not of strategic relevance.

Source: The Hindu