December 27, 2005
Google Earth and Security of the Nation
Srijith discussed the issue of Google Earth and the Indian response to the display of sensitive military installations.He made the point that USA, France and Israel have all blanked out sensitive sites from Google Earth and that it is reasonable for India to request the same.
I don’t think the point is at all about whether other countries have or have not blanked out details from Google Earth’s servers. For a long time now, high resolution satellite images have been available at a price. Google Earth has only put these images into the hands of every internet user for free. If our real fear is anti-national elements then it would be reasonable to expect that these anti-nationals have enough wherewithal to pay for high resolution images that are likely to be of far better quality than that being provided by Google Earth.