wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Geospatial Information Bill: It’s not just about maps or national security

There are three problems that any opposition is likely to face (including ours) to the remarkably poorly thought out Geospatial Information bill: 1. Discussions will be mostly about national security: Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, to the Economic Times: "India as a responsible power must have established guidelines"... "We won't create hurdles for business and technological development, but national security considerations must not be compromised either." A government official told ET: "Pathankot air base, which was recently attacked, can be seen on Google Maps. Terrorists plot strikes on sensitive targets studying Google Maps", "Our plea to black out sensitive installations do not yield results. This Bill is now sending a strong message that US companies cannot be running roughshod over Indian security interests." * MediaNama's Take: The bill could have only looked at the representation of India's national borders and the representation of defense establishments on maps, and not all location data, its collection and generation. But it doesn't. It forces licensing and vetting of all geolocation data, including if I WhatsApp my current location (with just a tap) to a friend who is coming over to meet me. The bill also invalidates creation and sharing of location information via a panic button. If I'm tracking my walking routes on a map using Runkeeper, or plotting powercuts in India using Ushahidi, as a means of data journalism, it would be illegal. All of this is Geospatial Information, and not all Geospatial information is a national security risk or concern. This…

Please subscribe/login to read the full story.
Written By

Founder @ MediaNama. TED Fellow. Asia21 Fellow @ Asia Society. Co-founder SaveTheInternet.in and Internet Freedom Foundation. Advisory board @ CyberBRICS

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.

Views

News

New bill narrows focus over predecessors that went heavy on data sovereignty, localisation and compliance. What explains this change?

News

Studying the 'community' supporting the late Sushant Singh Rajput (SSR) shows how Twitter was gamed through organized engagement

News

Do we have an enabling system for the National Data Governance Framework Policy (NDGFP) aiming to create a repository of non-personal data?

News

A viewpoint on why the regulation of cryptocurrencies and crypto exchnages under 2019's E-Commerce Rules puts it in a 'grey area'

News

India's IT Rules mandate a GAC to address user 'grievances' , but is re-instatement of content removed by a platform a power it should...

You May Also Like

News

Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

Advert

135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...

News

By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

News

Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Name:*
Your email address:*
*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ