India Latest To Object To Google Earth

from the late-to-the-party dept

Two months after a few other countries raised objections to Google Earth, India has jumped on the bandwagon. The time may be different, but the objections are the same -- terrorists or enemies could use the images to plan attacks. The response is pretty much the same, too: the risks are being blown out of proportion. Last month, a senior officer in the Indian military even downplayed the risks of the images, saying that since they weren't real-time, they weren't of much value.


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    Cowardly Anonomyous!, Oct 17th, 2005 @ 9:22am

    GPS

    So instead of going to the local 76' and buying a roadmap, buying a disposable camera and some tourist clothes and taking pictures of your targets you have google earth that supposedly gives you the wrong directions.
    Anyone want some chips while I'm buying my map?
    Why would you want to download google earth to look at the streets of india I just don't get it, can someone explain this to me?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2005 @ 9:36am

    Re: GPS

    maybe if you lived in India?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2005 @ 9:55am

    Re: GPS

    While I understand some of what you are saying. There are a few differences. Google Earth is more than just a map, the satellite images shows, though not in great detail, the lay-out of buildings and compounds that could 'technically' be used to organize an attack.

    These complaints do hold some water, but most people agree that its just not a huge risk as the images aren't great quality, real time, and in some cases are pretty old.

     

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    Dave, Oct 17th, 2005 @ 10:32am

    Re: GPS

    But aren't these images readily available on the web anyways? If GoogleEarth is a terrorist tool then aren't all the other websites that host satellite images?

     

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    ChokeALingum, Oct 17th, 2005 @ 10:43am

    Re: GPS

    wondering if u are aware of this, maps of streets are not available in a store in India.
    you pretty much have to rely on people u r
    walking with or driving along with for direction.

    adios!

     

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    Chris H, Oct 17th, 2005 @ 10:49am

    No Subject Given

    This information has been available for ages. I can remember years ago hopping on http://terraserver.microsoft.com to look at my house and my friend's houses.

     

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    mark, Oct 17th, 2005 @ 11:03am

    Re: No Subject Given

    also, these images are not extremely expensive to purchase anyway. if anything, it just saves terrorists a few hundred bucks.

     

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    crystalattice, Oct 17th, 2005 @ 11:12am

    What's the big deal?

    How is using Google images any different than renting an airplane and taking your own pictures? Unless the airspace is a no-fly zone, then you just use a telephoto lens.

    It's kinda like Area 51 in Nevada. The area is off-limits yet there's so many pictures from telephoto cameras, plus the satellite images release by Russia several years ago.

     

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    Happy user, Oct 17th, 2005 @ 12:51pm

    Do India & New York have something in common?

    India is probably upset that they didn't think of it first.

    ...just like New York city was upset that they didn't think of putting their subway maps onto ipod first.
    http://techdirt.com/articles/20050929/2220224_F.shtml

    (read sarcasm)

     

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    Sohrab, Oct 17th, 2005 @ 2:17pm

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    these are just baseless facts that the countries either want profit or wanna stretch their muscle.

    All these images have always been availible. Google hasent done what any other site isnt already doing. only difference is, Google is on the front page, making them vulnerble to such attacks.

     

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    Homicidal, Oct 23rd, 2005 @ 2:02pm

    Re: GPS

    I totally agree, On the issue, that under whose control such so called Gurus of Web Engines, Portals have to intrude into my Place???
    Get yourself cleaner Google cause you exist because of us! Moreover with so many hidden Enemies, Who for certain can say you are not spying for any Militant outfit....Huh!

     

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    Happy user, Oct 24th, 2005 @ 10:29am

    Re: GPS

    with so many hidden Enemies, Who for certain can say you are not spying for any Militant outfit....Huh!

    Yeah, and The nazi reformed several years later to become SMURF....

    S.M.U.R.F. ..."Secret Military Underground Resistance Force"

    During the cold winter of 1946 former leaders of the third reich met in Argentina to discuss plans for regaining their former glory. They know that any plan to succeed other nations would have to lose their will to fight. They decided to create a cartoon character to embody the ideas of niceness and peacefulness and called it a SMURF.

    SMURF stood for Secret Military Underground Resistance Force. They planned to infect the children of enemy nations with their peaceful ideas. And so it began. Now in the present their plan is almost complete, and they are starting their propaganda campaign in the bastion of freedom, the United States of America.

    You, Smurfbutcher Bob, were captured while trying to destroy the Smurf's precartoon ancestors. You have been taken to their Ontario headquarters, Castle Smurfenstein, for interrogation. You must escape, kill as many of the blue bastards as possible, and steal the plans to operation Smurfkreig. If you fail hordes of smurfs will sweep across the world spewing peace slogans and pumping people full of bullets.

    When you were being brought to the castle you were able to talk one of your Candafian guards into giving you his gun (not too hard, eh). You also saw some Smurfy Security guards with bulletproof vests and smurgberry bombs which could be used as grenades to blow the smurfs into infinity.
    You can't fail: YOU MUST ESCAPE. YOU MUST WARN THE WORLD. YOU MUST GET HOME IN TIME FOR DINNER.

    ...and with that said, google must be "Gargamel" eh?

     

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    harsha, Mar 28th, 2008 @ 9:20pm

    tour to remote area

    Yesterday on march 28,2008 i went a remote village of bihar
    i.e. the village name was,lawapur mahnar in vaishali district.

     

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