Google’s Ma­p­athon stopped


The Min­is­ter of State for Home, R.P.N.Singh has stated in the Par­lia­ment that Google, with­out any ap­proval from any agency of the Govern­ment of In­dia, con­ducted the Ma­p­athon 2013 Com­pe­ti­tion to en­cour­age par­tic­i­pants to map their neigh­bour­hood and places they ‘care about’ within the ge­o­graph­i­cal bound­aries of In­dia.

From national se­cu­rity point of view, civil and mil­i­tary vi­tal ar­eas (VAs)/vi­tal points (VPs) can­not be shown in the map/data pub­lished in pub­lic do­main. The Sur­veyor Gen­eral of In­dia on March 21, this year wrote to Google to stop the com­pe­ti­tion. A Po­lice com­plaint has also been lodged by the Sur­veyor Gen­eral of In­dia at the R.K. Pu­ram Po­lice Sta­tion, New Delhi, against Google.

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