The draft bill is here : http://mha.nic.in/sites/upload_files/mha/files/GeospatialBill_05052016_eve.pdf
Every person who has already acquired any geospatial imagery or data of anypart of India either through space or aerial platforms such as satellite, aircrafts,airships, balloons, unmanned aerial vehicles or terrestrial vehiclesor any othermanner including value addition prior to comingof this Act into effect, shall withinone year from the commencement of this Act,make an application alongwithrequisite fees to the Security Vetting Authority for retaining such geospatialinformation and grant of licence thereof.
This basically means if you have google saltellite imagery stored on your phone, you need to deposit some fees?
Any person who wants to acquire, disseminate, publish ordistribute any geospatial information of India, may make an application alongwithrequisite fees to the Security Vetting Authority for security vetting of such geospatialinformation and licence thereof to acquire, disseminate, publish or distribute suchGeospatial Information in any electronic or physical form.
violates the terms and conditions mentioned thereof, he shall be punished with a fineranging from Rupees ten lac to Rupees one hundred crore and/orsuspension orrevocation of the licence and/orimprisonment for a period upto seven years.
I wonder who comes up with these bills. How disconnected they are from the real world? This is back to “No Photography allowed here”, but this time neither the camera, nor the location is under their control. What next? Claim all space from where India is visible? But then.. I shouldn’t give them ideas!