Google Street View proposal rejected by Indian government

Delia Walker
March 30, 2018

Street View allows users to explore landmarks, discover natural wonders and even explore locations like museums, parks among other things in 360-degree panoramic and street-level imagery.

Reports suggest that the Mountain View giant had planned to map out close to 5,000 cities and six lakh Indian villages covering hills, rivers, and tourist spots along the way through 360-degree panoramic and 3D street level imagery. There are chances that the application which already has many users in various countries where the newly supported languages are spoken, however, this would open a large new market for the Google Maps.

Google has previously stated that, they are constantly working on new features to add on their popular services such as Google Maps, Google Assistant, Google Photos and more. This seems to happen primarily on Android, but not on iOS, because Google's permission system seems to be allowing it while iOS' doesn't.

The Narendra Modi government has rejected a proposal to roll out Google Street View, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

"The government has not agreed to the proposal", Ahir said in a written reply to a question. Local authorities put a stop to activities citing security reasons.

Google had on an experimental basis launched street view for some tourist sites, including the Taj Mahal, in partnership with the ASI.

As technology has become an increasingly important tool for urban navigation, city streets and public transport networks have become easier to traverse. A more recent attack on the Pathankot airbase a year ago was also plotted out after similar photographic recce.

Google Street View is present in more than 82 countries around the world, which have benefited from it in terms of tourism and other aspects.

FedRamp Authorization - For government customers that use Google Cloud Platform services, Google has now received FedRamp authorization which means that the firm must adhere to strict security standards laid out by the U.S. Government's Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program.

The latest denial by the government seems to be in compliance with national security.

However, in 2013, geospatial solutions company Genesys International Corporation Ltd tied up with ministry of tourism to provide digital walkthroughs in 54 Indian cities. It has operations in the USA, the UK, Europe and the UAE.

This may be why Facebook has recently started prompting users with this permission request for call and text history on newer versions of Messenger.

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