The EC said Google had proposed to provide electoral look up services for citizens to help in Commission’s efforts for better electoral information services. The Commission had earlier signed a non-disclosure agreement with Google but had not shared or handed over any data to the internet giant so far and was deliberating on the tie-up with it for using its search engines for voter facilitation. Congress and BJP besides some cyberspace experts had voiced concers over the proposed tie-up, saying stakeholders should have been consulted before a decision. The Congress legal cell has written to the Chief Election Commissioner raising security concerns over the proposed tie-up and he electoral process and national security. BJP also expressed concerns and said the issue could have been discussed first at an all-party meeting by EC.
Questioning the EC’s move, a group of cyber security experts had written to the panel amid concerns over sharing of vital data pertaining to Indians to a foreign company. The concerns also come at a time when eyebrows have been raised over leaking of vital data of Indians to United States intelligence agencies as exposed by Edward Snowden. (PTI)