Google Earth to Blur Images of Indian Sites?

Google Earth promises to blur satellite images of high security areas in India.

Google is currently in talks with the Indian Government, to blur images of India's Defense and scientific establishments, after India voiced its concern over satellite images of sensitive sites found on Google Earth. The Indian Space Research Organization had said that these images are potentially dangerous, as they could give terrorists, a detailed view of high security areas in the country.

In an official statement, a Google spokesperson said, "Google has been talking and will continue to talk to the Indian government about any security concerns it may have regarding Google Earth. We were pleased to have the dialog, which was substantive and constructive, but no agreements have been made."

According to unconfirmed news reports, officials from India's Science and Technology Ministry and Google representatives say they are trying to negotiate a way to camouflage installations, identified by the Indian government, on Google Earth. Google may use fuzzy, low-resolution pictures and distorted building plans, instead of using the standard, high resolution images of military areas.

The sites to be blurred may include international airports, air force bases, military sites and atomic and nuclear installations such as the Bhabha Atomic Research Center.

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