India wants none of that Google Street View business

India wants none of that Google Street View business
The Indian interior ministry has denied Google's request to feature large territories of the country in Google Street View on grounds of national security concerns. Although Street View already features some tourist sites in India, such as the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort, the Qutub Minar, the Varanasi river bank, the Nalanda University, the Mysore Palace, and the Thanjavur temple Chinnaswamy stadium, the Internet search giant won't be able to add any new locations to the service.

Official governmental sources, quoted by the Press Trust of India, claim that the rejection came after a detailed analysis by security agencies and defence forces which feel that allowing Google to cover India would compromise country's security interest:


India is not the only country to shun away from Google Street View. Back in 2010, Austria barred Google's mapping efforts, because citizens were unhappy with the camera-loaded cars snooping around. Although the ban was lifted in the following year, Google has not yet expressed any desire to bring Austria to Street View.

Source: Press Trust of India via AndroidCentral

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29 Comments

1. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Insecure Indians :(

2. peace247 unregistered

when u have neighbours like China and Pakistan u have to be insecure.

21. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

if anyone want to attack...they can plan without even using the street view....this is plane dumb...its a halt in country's progress

22. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

and its a bit abusive of u to put China's and Pakistan's name in your post....

27. karan1402d

Posts: 89; Member since: May 28, 2015

Agree, China is friendly to India but at the same time it is also friendly with Pakistan which at times causes conflict of Interest. But China will learn in the longer run seeing the unrest caused in the Xinjiang region supported by the Islamists Jihadis operating from Pakistan. China and India ca be natural allies because they share history that goes as far as 5000 years

38. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 917; Member since: May 07, 2014

Very good, now handover Arunachal Pradesh to China and we are good.

46. karan1402d

Posts: 89; Member since: May 28, 2015

Great, handover Aksai Chin over to India and we are good. Further leave Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan alone they want to be seperate from China. Regarding Arunachal Pradesh, it is an integral part of India, where free and fair elections are held every 5 years unlike theocratic one party Communist regime of China

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7377; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think it has to do with all the streets that look like dumps. A scrap yard looks better than those streets. India is filled with poor, decrepit streets.

30. Siddfrak

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 14, 2014

So your country has the cleanest street and have all the rich people filled in every damn house!! shut u retard!!

32. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

You are right, India has two bad neighbors...but I don't think banning street view will help, because terrorists will have alternatives, 26/11 happened without Google's street view. Working harder on security is better than running away from technology.

39. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Well said bro, respect

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That's disappointing Street View is probably my favourite feature of Maps So handy when you want to go some where you haven't been before Very poor reasoning too Anything can be abused by terrorists

17. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Just because anythibg can be used by terrorists, that doesn't mean you won't take precautions. I don't think anyone wants another terrorist attack. Also it compromises privacy. If you get caught doing something you don't want anyone else to see, it's etched forever.

29. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

If you're worried about getting caught doing something, then obviously what you're doing shouldn't be done in public and sounds more like a personal issue.

36. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

I'm not talking about me in particular. Nobody wants to be caught doing something intimate. If you still don't get what I'm talking about, please don't try. You might be 10.

41. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Google would most likely blur out the person(s) and make it look as if they weren't there to begin with, but then again if the person(s) didn't want to be caught doing something intimate common sense would tell them to move to a private area or room, that is they have any. By the way I'm 21, so calm down.

7. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

When you have no democratic country as neighbour!! There is always fear of bang-bang

9. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Invalid fear. Drone can be used instead by terrorist for same purpose. So this is only an excuse.

33. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I don't think you can fly drones without restrictions in India... proximity to Pakistan is making Indian government exceedingly paranoid...but I don't think they can put such restrictions forever... maybe it's for a couple of years, until the borders with Pakistan are completely sealed.

10. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Good for them. They can do whatever they want; it's their country.

11. TerryTerius unregistered

While they can literally do that, it doesn't automatically make whatever decision they make in any given case the best/right one. That's true of any and all governments. Authority is really not the point here, it's access to convenience and ease of navigation. That said, their fears are more than understandable and I can see why they'd feel that way.

43. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Right or wrong is irrelevant. Once again, they can do whatever they want. If they don't want a foreign company snooping around, so be it. Imagine if one of China's search engine wanted to do the same in the US?

15. Rydsmith unregistered

Just like Germany in the 30's and how they treated Jews (before the camp's) and North Korea. Just because it's "your" country doesn't make everything you do the right thing.

44. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Once again, right or wrong is irrelevant.

13. Freeza

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Every country has its own security concerns. Let's not make decisions on their behalf.

16. TerryTerius unregistered

We're not in a position to make any decisions or anything like that. But we're more than free to critique from our own perspectives, warranted or not. And that's extremely healthy.

20. bobby2803

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Yo Merc guy haven't seen u in such a long time. Still have ur head up ur ass. Many Indian articles came by in between.

23. samgsam15

Posts: 50; Member since: May 09, 2014

As an Indian I think that the Government's decision is fine. Since the security in our country is poor, giving terrorists one more way to look around is not a good idea.

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