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India's poll panel declines Google voting services offer over security concerns
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Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:32:40 +0000 (UTC)


By John Ribeiro
IDG News Service
January 09, 2014

A proposal by Google to offer voter lookup services was declined by the Election Commission of India, after cybersecurity experts and political parties voiced concern about the plan's security implications.

The commission on Thursday confirmed that it had seen a Google presentation for electoral lookup services to provide information to voters. "However after due consideration, the Commission has decided not to pursue the proposal any further," it said in a statement.

Google offered the commission, in a presentation on Tuesday, facilities for free online voter registration, search and other services, the Press Trust of India reported. The report drew criticism on the belief that the collaboration would provide Google with access to a vast amount of data on Indians.

To register online as a voter on the commission website, people have to provide their email IDs and mobile phone numbers, said Jiten Jain, a member of Indian Infosec Consortium, a group of cybersecurity experts. By the tie-up with the commission, Google would have access to the email IDs, mobile phone numbers and the IP addresses of voters who register online, he added.


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