New Delhi: India has rejected Google’s plans to put Indian cities, tourist spots, hills and rivers in an application in which one can view a 360-degree, panoramic and street-level imagery.

The Home Ministry of India has conveyed to search engine giant Google that its plans to cover India through its Google Street View app have been rejected.

Security establishments rejected the proposal because allowing such an image-capturing app would have been risky from the point of view of the country’s security. Planning for the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai is believed to have involved photographic reconnaissance of targets by Pakistani-American citizen David Coleman Headley.

Official sources said the rejection came after a detailed analysis by security agencies and defence forces who thought that allowing Google to cover India using their Google Street View app would compromise the country’s security.

The internet services giant wanted to cover most of the Indian territory through the Google Street View app which was set to explore places around the world through a 360-degree, panoramic and street-level 3D imagery.

Everything taken under it is posted online. It has been extensively used in the United States, Canada and many of the European countries and its applications in India were initially permitted for a few locations.

Google Street View is a technology that features in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world.

It was launched in 2007 in several cities in the US and has since expanded to include cities and rural areas worldwide.


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