Google Maps not reliable says Survey of India

Google Maps is "not authenticated" and is "unapproved" by the government

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The Survey of India is not satisfied with the way Google Maps work and want users to stop depending on them. The Survey of India (SoI), mapping and survey organisation, on Thursday said that Google Maps is “not authenticated” and is “unapproved” by the government, thus not fit for high-end applications.

If you talk about the authentication, the Google Maps is not authenticated. It hasn’t been produced by the government, so they aren’t authenticated,

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According to SoI “If you are using Google Maps to reach a restaurant or park, even if you reach 50 meters close to that place, you are happy. But when we have to put new railway lines, make canals, that is where our topographic maps come in, when you require very accurate, engineering quality data.”

In an interview, a senior from the Survey of India official told IANS, the government does not have control over the information that applications such as Google Maps or Google Earth put in the public domain. He also added that there should be some control over these applications, but the fact is that the government doesn’t have any restrictions or control over these kinds of apps available in public domain.

The official said “The maps are still being uploaded and there are some glitches with the website which are being fixed”

Google has earlier faced problems with its Google Earth, which was reportedly being used by terrorists for collecting information on sensitive establishments such as the White House.