The Indian Home Ministry rejected Google’s plan to photograph the Indian streets for its Street View service. Getting a panoramic view of the nation online will remain a dream, for some more time.
Google first introduced its street view service in the US in 2007. This street mapping services shows all areas in a realistic 3D view, in a 360 degree panorama. This virtual mapping tool is in use in more than 65 countries of the world, having covered over seven million miles.
Google blurs license plates, faces and other sensitive information. Even then, Indian Defense Ministry is reluctant to wave a green flag to the request. If permitted, it is believed that the service will promote tourism in the country.
For now, Google has only been permitted to map Tourist Attractions and major Landmarks like the Gateway of India, the Taj Mahal, Nalanda University, Chinnaswamy Stadium, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Mysore Palace, Varanasi River Bank and Thanjavur Temple. Though Google’s proposal is in a halt for now, the final verdict will be issued by the end of the year.
Allowing such detailed image capturing is thought to be reason the 2008 attacks were possible. The 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai is said to be planned with various photographs of the target location.
“The main concern was security of sensitive defense installations. The Defense Ministry said it was not possible to monitor the service once it was launched and it would be detrimental to national security,” a senior government official says.
UK, Czech Republic, Germany and Europe are also concerned with Google’s data collection. Privacy minded citizens from these countries are demanding that their houses be blurred. On the other hand, many others are fuming that in ‘Digital India’ this reason is quite silly to put off the useful Street View service. Many developed nations have the service and it pains for them to think that India will never be among them.
The rest of the world is truly steps ahead here. And nothing is im-paw-sible, at least for Japan. The country even has a Google Street View Map for cats.
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