Google polluted internet with classified material: Survey of India

Google continued to pollute internet with map results of India’s classified areas even after being warned.

Created On: Aug 11, 2014 17:33 ISTModified On: Aug 11, 2014 17:39 IST

Survey of India (SoI), the official mapping agency of the country on 10 August 2014 alleged that Google continued to pollute the internet with the map results of India’s classified areas even after being warned against it.

The Survey of India is the complainant in the case. Initially Delhi Police probed in the case, but afterwards the case was handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as investigation involved a US based company.

CBI registered preliminary enquiry based on the complained filed by Surveyor General of India to Union Home Ministry and examined India’s Legal Advisor of Google Geetanjali Duggal and others.


As per Surveyor General of India Swarna Subba Rao, Google collected a lot of classified data on India during its 2013 Mapathon exercise. Even after being asked to refrain from mentioning these classified details, Google continued to publish them.  

Google did not take prior permission from Survey of India before arranging a mapping competition ‘Mapathon’ in 2013 where it asked citizens to map-out their neighbourhoods. Shaken by this negligence of internet giant Google, Survey of India asked for the details of whole event. As a result, it was found that information on defence installations were out in public domain.

As per the National Map Policy 2005, “the responsibility for producing, maintaining and disseminating the topographic map database of the whole country, which is the foundation of all spatial data, vests with the Survey of India”.


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