Draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016
Geospatial information plays a significant role in a digital economy, as the targeted delivery of services through technology requires the creation and usage of geographical data. The draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016 seeks to regulate “the acquisition, dissemination, publication and distribution of geospatial information of India” in the interest of national security, sovereignty and integrity of India. In its current form, the Bill is likely to affect not only digital providers of map services such as Google Maps, but also commonly used software applications which generate geospatial data in any form. These concerns necessitate an examination of the Bill as well as exploring alternate approaches to address the concerns.