New bill on maps may make ser­vices on apps costlier

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Anir­ban Ghoshal anir­ban.ghoshal@hin­dus­tan­

NEW DELHI: If the gov­ern­ment has its way with a new plan to reg­u­late geospa­tial data, Big Brother will be watch­ing over the use of In­dian maps across mil­lions of de­vices, po­ten­tially rais­ing your bills on app-driven ser­vices. The draft — The Geospa­tial In­for­ma­tion Reg­u­la­tion Bill 2016 — if im­ple­mented, will re­quire com­pa­nies such as Google and Ap­ple to get a gov­ern­ment li­cence for of­fer­ing map and nav­i­ga­tion ser­vices in In­dia. The move could af­fect a raft of com­pa­nies in­clud­ing taxi ag­gre­ga­tors Ola and Uber, courier and lo­gis­tics com­pa­nies, e-re­tail­ers and even pri­vate mes­sag­ing ser­vices such as What­sapp.


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