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Google, Uber may need license for maps in India

Companies such as AlphabetInc. unit Google Inc.and Uber Technologies Inc. would be required to obtain approval for their mapsin India under a new government proposal, Bloomberg Newsreported May 10.

According to a draft bill cited in the report, companies inpossession of aerial mapping imagery and data must apply to India's SecurityVetting Authority for a license before any maps can be distributed.

Map information that is illegally acquired and publishedcould result in penalties of up to seven years in jail and 1 billion Indianrupees in fines, according to the bill. Companies may also face punishment forhaving incorrect mapping information such as international borders.

As of May 10, US$1 wasequivalent to 66.58 Indian rupees.