India’s election regulator drops plan to partner Google

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 claimed Google and the U.S. government could use the data for spying. Google, which works with governments in other countries including Mexico and the Philippines on similar programs, said it has not talked with the government about any project that would have involved data not already publicly available. 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 help create a simpler and faster tool for voters to check whether they were registered correctly or not. The group said in a statement last week it feared Google would collaborate with "American agencies" for espionage purposes.

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