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Google Street View denied permission in India: Here’s the reason why

India says no to Google putting India's tourist spots on its Street View mapping service

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: June 10, 2016 9:54 am
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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. The Home Ministry has conveyed to Google that its plans to cover India through the Google Street View is rejected.

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.

Official sources 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. Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju said once the proposed Geo spatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016 comes into force, issues related to internet based application would be resolved.

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The internet services giant wanted to cover most of the Indian territory through the Google Street View. It explores places around the world through 360-degree, panoramic and street level 3D imagery. Everything taken under it posted online.

It has been extensively used in the United States, Canada and many European countries, its applications in India was initially permitted for a few location. Google had 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 is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world. 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.

It displays panoramas of stitched images. Most photography is done by car, but some is done by trekker, tricycle, walking, boat, snowmobile, camel, and underwater apparatus.

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  1. Aman Bhangu
    Jan 25, 2018 at 9:34 am
    i dont like indin politics why street view is not available in india this is not a reason to denied this every where is not possible then why u show india on maps u can blank our laces on india
    1. P
      Nov 12, 2017 at 4:15 pm
      Yeh hai digital lekin dara hua India
      1. S
        Oct 25, 2017 at 9:59 pm
        And goat... one town used cameras strapped to goats to map everything out.
        1. V
          Apr 23, 2017 at 1:42 pm
          neeyamma kuttha
          1. J
            Jan 12, 2017 at 7:55 am
            indian public has to suffer because ic politicians don't understand how technology works.
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