Election Commission cancelled Google tie-up, back with NIC
The Election Commission of India (EC) has cancelled tied-up with US-based internet heavyweight, Google to assist it manage online voter registration and facilitation services ahead of the India’s General Election 2014.
- The decision came after when major political parties and cyber security experts raised concerns that it could be used for spying.
- In a flash, the commission has decided to fall back on its good old partner, the government-controlled National Informatics Centre (NIC), to facilitate voters to check their enrolment status online and locate their polling station, etc.
Note: As per Google’s proposal to the EC, the internet giant had offered its search engines to help voters find out their enrolment status online, and locate their respective polling booths, complete with directions through Google Maps.