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Google Earth Worries ISRO Chief

India from above.
by Staff Writers
Bangalore, India (SPX) Oct 08, 2007
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief has expressed concern at high-resolution satellite images offered by Google and said authorities should hold a dialogue with it over the display of imagery of some of the country's sensitive locations.

"...Some of the places, they have collected images from foreign satellites and that comes to one metre (resolution) and better. For example if you take Bangalore or Delhi, they have given fine pictures -- which normally one is not supposed to do," ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair told to a private news channel.

Google Earth, a website launched by the Internet search engine last year, allows users to access the satellite photos.

"I think our defence agencies should be worried about it. They have to work out some method by which we can (do something)...We need not display anything," Nair remarked.

Several governments, including South Korea and Thailand, have expressed similar concerns.

"We have to have a dialogue with them, convince them that in the global interest, especially in the security environment we are facing today, we should not be putting fine details on a public domain," Nair said when asked how Google can be stopped from displaying images of sensitive locations.

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