Why pokemon go may not officially release in India and the 3rd party apps may be pulled off.

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Why Pokemon go may not officially release in India and the 3rd party apps may be pulled off.

IN INDIA AS A CHILD THE POKEMON WORLD WAS A FASCINATING THING FOR Every one, WHETHER IN their TEENS OR IN their TWENTIES NOW. THE MATERIALISTIC AND VIRTUAL CRAZE OF POKEMON IN INDIA IS NOTHING NEW. IT DATES DECADEs BACK WHEN THE GAME POKEMON RED and blue were RELEASED ON NINTENDO GAMEBOY. THE CRACKED P.C VERSION OF THAT GAME WAS QUITE POPULAR AMONG INDIAN CHILDREN. THERE WAS ALSO THIS ERA OF VARIOUS FORMS OF POKEMON PRINTED CARDS WHICH CAME OUT OF CHIPS PACKET WHICH DREW HUGE CURIOSITY AMONG INDIAN CHILDREN. THE TRADE AND EXCHANGE OF These CARDS were VERY PREVALEnt among the children. AS A CHILD EVERYONE DID SOMETIMEs WISH OF A REAL POKEMON WORLD.

Now a decade later with so much advancement of technology, the game Pokemon Go releases. It is not a matter of shock why this game has become so popular among the children, teenagers and the youth in India without even having an official app yet. The main motive of this game is to let people go out and explore their surrounding while catching this pokemon which appear on your screen.  In short, it promotes travelling which people of present age are unable to pursue due to their busy life. Much like Google Maps or Waze, “Pokemon Go” tracks your phone’s location using GPS, integrating this information with an in-game map. Not much is known about the algorithm used to distribute Pokemon in the game/our world, but Hanke (creator of Pokemon go) told Mashable that the game uses local geographic data to place them in appropriate habitats. It’s more complicated than you’d think — according to Mashable, the game even takes “climate, vegetation and soil or rock type” into account, although Hanke didn’t say where that information came from.

 

Now this real-time map technology is somewhat similar to many other activities we do, like seeing the traffic while calling a cab or sending your real-time location to your friends etc. But now there is one thing which may strictly regulate all these activities including Uber, Ola , WhatsAap and Pokemon Go in India. This is due to the new Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016 which is proposed by the Indian ministry of home affairs. Now the main question that comes to mind, what is this bill all about and why it is a cause of greater concern than you think?

The main stated motive of this bill is to ensure the security, sovereignty and integrity of India by regulating the collection and publication of geospatial information pertaining to India. This is completely in agreement with the Ministry of Home Affairs, that every effort should be made to regulate such mapping of Vital Areas (VAs)/Vital Points (VPs) in the interest of national security. Unfortunately, the bill in its current form regulates much more than just this. In fact, it does not mention defence installations at all and instead clamps down on maps of all kinds, from mundane street maps to humanitarian disaster maps, from weather maps to maps that teach children geography. Now everyone using a map, whether physical or virtual has to take a prior permission of the regulatory authority mentioned in the bill and is within the ambit of this authority whether to provide the license or not.  When you hail an Uber/Ola by marking your location on a map, you are creating geospatial information. When you take a Geotagged image, you are creating geospatial information. When you “share your location” on WhatsApp with your friend, you are creating and disseminating geospatial information. When you retweet a map or satellite image, you are distributing geospatial data. You, even as an end user of these apps and services, fall within the scope of multiple provisions of this Act (s.3, s.4), and hence need a licence under this act. Technically, the bill will make sharing your location with a third party without prior government approval illegal. In reality, the Act in such cases may not be enforced, but it can be selectively used by the government to punish or control individuals and organisations as they see fit.

Now the security of the country is very important no doubt, but going through the bill most of its enforcement would be within the territory of India and people from outside, India though covered in this act, may still find themselves able to access the maps in India including the live maps due to issues pertaining to enforcement of the bill.

So every app that uses a map like Uber, Ola, WhatsAap and your favourite game Pokemon Go has to take permission before they can use such live map information. the chances of Pokemon Go getting permission is very minimal as it uses only a single server i.e. all players are on a single server which is why the game hangs so many times. It makes it easy for hackers to track a person’s location in this game due to only having a single server. It also places Pokemon according to soil territories which mean it uses deep information of your location and maps and therefore it is a strong reason for the government not to provide it with a license if this bill passes which is likely to happen quite soon.

references

http://www.bustle.com/articles/172317-how-does-pokemon-go-work-heres-everything-we-know-about-the-tech-behind-the-augmented-reality

The geospatial bill 2016 available at http://www.prsindia.org/uploads/media/draft/Draft%20Geospatial%20Bill,%202016.pdf

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