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Home ministry meets over Google Earth

June 07, 2007 01:21 IST

A high-level meeting was on Wednesday held in the Union home ministry to frame a concrete strategy to tackle the possible threat posed by Google Earth, the Internet service that provides easy access to satellite imagery of vital installations across the country.

The meeting was chaired by Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta and attended by senior officials of the ministry, Intelligence Bureau and Research and Analysis Wing.

During the meeting, issues pertaining to the security of the country were discussed in light of the sophisticated satellite images of key facilities like nuclear plants available on various websites including Google, official sources said.

Though the meeting was scheduled earlier, it was held at a time when security authorities in the US have claimed to have cracked a conspiracy to bomb the JFK International Airport by terrorists who allegedly used images available on Google Earth to hatch their conspracy.

The sources said the Centre had decided in 2007 to frame a policy on this issue and Wednesday's meeting was the first move in this connection.

Google had assured New Delhi in 2006 that it would remove high-resolution images of vital installations across India but security agencies still fear that militant groups could use this facility to create terror.

More meetings in this connection, including some for which officials from the army and science and technology ministry would be roped in, will be held soon, the sources said.



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