New bill on maps may make services on apps costlier
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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