India’s election regulator drops plan to partner Google after spying fears

Coffee cups with Google logos are seen at the new Google office in TorontoBy Devidutta Tripathy and Sruthi Gottipati NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India's election regulator dropped plans on Thursday to partner Google Inc on a project to ease voter access to information, after a backlash against the move from campaigners who fear Google and the U.S. government could use it for spying. India, the world's largest democracy, will go to the polls in a general election due by May. Google, the world's No.1 search engine, had pitched a project to the Election Commission to create a simpler and faster search tool for voters to check whether they were registered correctly or not. But the plan was opposed by the Indian Infosec Consortium, a government and private sector-backed alliance of cyber security experts, who feared Google would collaborate with "American agencies" for espionage purposes. The Election Commission did not officially give a reason for dropping the plan.

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