Google Earth Admits Goof-up on Arunachal

by CXOtoday Staff    Aug 10, 2009

Google has admitted that it committed a mistake by wrongly depicting certain parts of north-east India s Arunachal Pradesh as Chinese territory, and promised to correct the maps soon.

According to a statement by Google spokesperson, "Earlier, this week, as part of routine update to Google Earth, we published new data for the Arunachal Pradesh region that changed the depiction of certain place names in the product. The change was a result of a mistake in our processing of new map data."

There was speculation in media circles that Chinese hackers had attacked Google Earth which led to the wrong depiction of Indian territory as Chinese in the maps on google Earth. "We would like to clarify that this issue did not impact our depiction of international borders," the Google spokesperson said.

Google Earth is a service offered by Google that lets users to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings. Google Earth had earlier been in the center of another controversy when Indian security agencies had complained that Google Earth exposed Indian defense and other sensitive installations.