Google Proposes A Tie-Up With ECI Sparking A Controversy

Google has made a formal presentation to the Election Commission of India (ECI) proposing a tie-up with it for voter facilitation services ahead of Lok Sabha elections. The move, however, has been questioned by several quarters citing security concerns.

The ECI made it stand clear that it has not signed any agreement with the US-based Internet company on voter facilitation initiatives ahead of polls.

Google proposed providing its search engines free of cost to Indian voters during the 2014 general elections.
The company has also proposed free online voter registration besides making available vital details of Voter EPIC card numbers and polling station location.

Congress and BJP besides some cyberspace experts have voiced concerns over the proposed tie-up of Election Commission with Google for voter facilitation services, saying stakeholders should have been consulted before a decision.

The concerns also come at a time when eyebrows have been raised over sharing of other vital data of Indians with the United States in light of exposes about widespread intelligence gathering by the US agencies exposed by Edward Snowden.

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