A law has been proposed by NDA government, according to which wrong depiction of Indian map could land you in jail for seven years. And, it is not only that, you might have to pay a fine of Rs. 100 crore. The decision has been taken by government as a result of an incident when some of the social media sites had shown Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh a part of Pakistan and China, and not India.
An image uploaded on Twitter had shown Jammu and Kashmir as part of Pakistan, which followed lot of protests from the Indian government and was corrected afterwords.
Before acquiring, disseminating and publishing any such information, it is very important to take permission, according to a draft of ‘The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016’. The bill also mentions that ‘Whoever acquired any geospatial information of India in contravention of the law shall be punished with a fine ranging from Rs 1 crore to Rs 100 crore and/or imprisonment for a period up to seven years’.
Before publishing any such information, the Google maps or the Google Earth should apply for a license so that it does not publish anything which is not in the interest of the public, it further added.
Geospatial information means any kind of imagery or any kind of data that has been acquired with the help of satellite, aircraft, airships and many such things, which depicts such kind of features like those of man-made and many such phenomena.
Besides this, another plan has been proposed by the government, wherein they are planning to set up a Security Vetting Authority. The Authority will be responsible for carrying out security vetting of the information of the Geospatial setting of India and that will only happen according to the regulations which have been set up by the authority. The Authority consists of an officer of the rank of Joint Secretary and two more members, one of them will be a part of the technical committee and the other one would be a national security expert.