Military asks Google to censor facilities

FORCE PROTECTION: A source said that the military has placed a renewed emphasis on concealment and camouflage to mitigate substantial technological advancements

Taipei Tmes
Date: Feb 16, 2019
By: Huang Hsin-po and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The military has requested that Google limit the exposure of military installations in

Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa, center, walks to the legislative chamber at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday to attend a question-and-answer session.
Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

Google Maps’ new 3D function after netizens discovered that they could view missile defense batteries ringing Taipei, Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa (嚴德發) said yesterday.

The enhanced function, which went partially online three days ago, allows users to zoom in and view locations whose satellite imagery Google has digitized into 3D data.

Users can currently view much of Taipei and its surroundings through the function, including Taipei’s Shilin District (士林) and Sindian District (新店) in New Taipei City, where the National Security Bureau compound and missile defense batteries are located respectively.

The high-definition images clearly show individual MIM-104 Patriot missile launchers, as well as a detailed layout of the bureau’s headquarters, raising concerns that the Web-based tool could compromise national security.    [FULL  STORY]

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