Today came across Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016 (Draft)
A few sections:
To regulate the acquisition, dissemination, publication and distribution of geospatial information of India which is likely to affect the security, sovereignty and integrity of India.
i. an individual,
ii. a company,
iii. a firm,
iv. a trust,
v. an association of persons or a body of individuals, whether incorporated or not,
vi. every artificial juridical person, not falling within any of the preceding sub-clauses, and
vii. any agency, office or branch owned or controlled by any of the above persons mentioned in the preceding sub-clauses.
Without general or special permission of the Security Vetting Authority, no person shall acquire geospatial imagery or data including value addition of any part of India either through any space or aerial platforms such as satellite, aircrafts, airships, balloons, unmanned aerial vehicles or terrestrial vehicles, or any other means whatsoever.
Dissemination, Publication or Distribution of the Geospatial Information of India
Without the general or special permission of the Security Vetting Authority, no person shall disseminate or allow visualization of any geospatial information of India either through internet platforms or online services, or publish or distribute any geospatial information of India in any electronic or physical form.
There are many other clauses. Fine from 10 lacs, 1 Cr to 100 Cr and/or imprisonment of 7 years, as case may be…
How this can affect collaborative project like OSM?
Can this affect no. of Android apps like OsmAND etc…
Can communities acquire paper based geospacial information, like, fieldpapers?
So many questions but just wish to start the discussion.
Expert comments solicited as legal matters are involved…
PS. The comments/suggestions on the draft Bill may be forwarded to the Joint Secretary (Internal Security-I), Ministry of Home Affairs, North Block, New Delhi at email id: firstname.lastname@example.org within 30 days.
The bill is available for download. pl search Google.