Kashmir police asks Google to remove ‘objectionable’ maps

The US-based company’s legal director Susan Infantino said it refused to oblige the demands of Indian authorities.
The US-based company’s legal director Susan Infantino said it refused to oblige the demands of Indian authorities.

 

SRINAGAR —  Global internet search engine Google was asked by Kashmir’s Cyber Crime Investigation Cell to take off current depictions of the disputed Kashmir in five Google Maps domains other than maps.google.co.in.

The USbased company’s legal director Susan Infantino said it refused to oblige the demands of Indian authorities.

”We did not change our depiction of the borders in response to this request,” Infantino said in the company’s official blog.

“The number of content removal requests we received from India increased by 90% compared to the previous reporting period,” the company said in a statement.

The company had launched its first Transparency Report in 2010 to provide evidence of how laws and policies affected access to information online. According to Infantino’s blog, a worrying trend over the past four years had remained consistent: governments continued to ask for removal of political content.

The July December 2012 period saw Google receive 2,540 requests from the Indian government and courts for the removal of contents from Google products, such as blog posts or YouTube videos. Infantino said the number of complaints from Russia and Turkey had significantly gone up in 2013.

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