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.