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Maps: CBI registers PE against Google

Google had not taken permission from Survey of India.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 28, 2014 2:45 am

CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against Internet giant Google over Mapathon 2013, an event organised by the US company, for allegedly violating laws by mapping sensitive areas and defence installations, prohibited by law. The CBI registered the PE based on a complaint filed by Surveyor General of India’s office to the Union Home Ministry in which Google was accused of indulging in activities of mapping several areas, which were not included in the maps of the country, official sources said. Google had not taken permission from Survey of India, the country’s official mapping agency, before organising a mapping competition in February-March 2013 when they asked citizens to map their neighbourhoods, especially details related to hospitals and restaurants.

Alarmed by Mapathon, the Survey of India asked Google to share its details where they found that there were several coordinates having details of sensitive defence installations which are out of the public domain.

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