The Internet unfortunately has no international borders. The ECI or Election Commission of India has already published the electoral rolls or voter lists in the regional languages without photos.
Now it is in the process of publishing these so-called foolproof electoral rolls or voter lists online in English along with the photos in the name of transparency by removing / deleting the names of bogus voters by comparing them with the latest census data.
The uploading of photo electoral rolls which includes too may personal details of the voters like photos, names, age, addresses, fathers' names,.. online on the Internet / Net / Web could be very dangerous.
These electoral rolls or voter lists can be accessed by anyone and everyone across the globe. It's an intrusion / invasion of privacy of Indian voters / citizens.
The publishing of anyone's personal details in general and females in particular in the name of transparency without bothering / thinking about its dangerous consequences or repercussions is really very worrisome and unfortunate.
It could (God forbid) be misused by unscrupulous elements both within and outside India.
Publishing electoral rolls or voter lists online with or without photos with too many personal details of Indian voters and supplying their CDs to the political parties whose 25% (one out of four or 01 out of 04) MPs have been charged in criminal cases is fraught with dangerous / serious consequences.
The former Reserve Bank of India governor and chairperson of Public Interest Foundation, Bimal Jalan, said that of the 543 Lok Sabha MPs, 128 had self-confessed cases pending against them whereas 24 MPs had a series of charges of murder or attempt to murder to their credit.
Moreover, these/voters' personal details could be misused by cyber criminals both within and outside India to commit a series of cyber / Internet / online / offline crimes which includes impersonation, threats, intimidation and blackmail. India unfortunately doesn't have strict privacy laws.
The Google program marries a swathe of aerial and satellite photography of varying resolution, giving users a bird's eye view of large parts of the Earth' surface - a type of perspective that until a few years ago was available only to handful of scientists and military officials.
Users can see snapshots of life on Earth that range from something as innocent as a child playing on a swing in a Sydney park to a secret nuclear submarine base in China.
In December 2008, a petition entered at the Mumbai High Court alleges that Google Earth "aids terrorists in plotting attacks" and asked that Google be directed to blur images of sensitive areas pending all full hearing.
The photo was snapped by a camera mounted on the roof of one of a fleet of specially kitted-out cars that Google dispatched around the country in late 2007 and early 2008 to capture images for Street View.
Google swiftly removed the image from Street View once it was noticed, but on the internet it is almost impossible to obliterate all traces of something you don't want seen.
A case filed in the Mumbai high court following 26/11 alleges that Google Earth and similar services aid terrorists in plotting attacks by supplying bird's-eye images that are used to acquaint them with their targets.
Earlier, former president A P J Abdul Kalam had expressed apprehension that these high-resolution images could be misused by subversive elements to inflict damage on the country.
Several other nations, including China, Iran, UK, Sudan and the United States, have also warned Google to desist from showing sensitive terrain.
And well might governments be concerned. For Google is easily available and extremely popular satellite view software now has more powerful features than simply a zoom-in facility from space to a hundred metres above ground.
The downloads of the latest version of its geo-search tool include detailed close-up 360 degrees street-level stills and video imagery where even the licence plates of cars and house numbers can be read.
Edited by tanveer.indian - 12 March 2009 at 11:10pm