India wants Google Earth maps blurred

India's government has joined the governments of Australia, Russia, South Korea and Thailand in asking Google to blur Google Earth images because of security concerns. In September 2005 the company added India, with satellite images of major cities, prompting Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to raise concerns that terrorists could use the images to plan attacks because of the program's level of detail. A Times of India report on Sunday said Google has agreed to blur or distort the installations (a resolution no greater than 25 to 50 metres per pixel) instead of blacking them out so as not to draw attention to their locations. On the other hand, a report in Monday's issue of Computerworld quotes a spokeswoman for Google India as saying no agreement has yet been reached.

News source: CBC News

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