Indian PM’s intervention sought to stop Google from mapping defense installations

Indian PM’s intervention sought to stop Google from mapping defense installations

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India: The Indian political party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded immediate intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to safeguard the country’s security interests, saying that US-based Internet search engine Google had allegedly violated India’s security norms and laws related to mapping by showing the locations of the country’s defense installations and nuclear reactors. BJP Rajya Sabha member Tarun Vijay has expressed concern that accessing and displaying sensitive data related to military installations and nuclear reactors with precise marking would amount to ‘facilitating the enemy with actionable intelligence’.

Accusing Google of failing to comply with the norm of taking permission from the ministries of Defence and Home Affairs before displaying any such sensitive data that may jeopardise national security, he demanded that the data available with Google be seized immediately and checked. He also urged the Prime Minister to constitute a Parliamentary committee to look into the issue of whether or not data collection by mapping agencies had violated the Indian security norms and find out the ways and means of making such agencies to follow the norms.

Source: 4-Traders