May 15, 2016
India to ban unofficial maps and satellite photos
India is introducing legislation to ban maps or satellite images of the country unless they are approved by government.
The new bill, which would affect digital maps from Google, Apple, and Uber, is facing stiff opposition from campaign groups.
It also bans “wrong” information, including disputed international borders.
The government said the rules would not create barriers to business if the bill became law.
The bill bans all types of geospatial information, maps, raw data or photographs, acquired by any means, including satellite photography.
Offenders could be fined up to 1bn rupees (£10.4m).
It also requires anyone who has already gathered such information to apply for a licence to keep it.
It was designed to regulate both the creation and distribution of geospatial information in India “which is likely to affect the security, sovereignty and integrity” of the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs said.