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Google Banned From Military Bases

News from BBC

Google Banned From Military Bases
Last Updated: Friday, 7 March 2008, 05:45 GMT

There are concerns that detailed maps may threaten security

The US defence department has banned the giant internet search engine Google from filming inside and making detailed studies of US military bases.

Close-up, ground-level imagery of US military sites posed a “potential threat” to security, it said.

The move follows the discovery of images of the Fort Sam Houston army base in Texas on Google Maps.

A Google spokesman said that where the US military had expressed concerns, images had been removed.

Google has now been barred from filming and conducting detailed studies of bases, following the discovery of detailed, three-dimensional panoramas online – and in particular, views of the Texan base.

It said such detailed mapping could pose a threat.

Google spokesman Larry Yu said the decision by a Google team to enter the Texas base and undertake a detailed survey, had been “a mistake”.

He told the BBC News website that detailed study of such sensitive sites was not Google policy.

You can read the rest of the story HERE

March 7, 2008 - Posted by | Counter-terrorism, GoogleEarth, News, Political Issues


  1. Considering my background, you can imagine this made my skin crawl! Thank goodness someone put a stop to it!

    Comment by momcat | March 7, 2008 | Reply

  2. I like it that the Google people said it had been a mistake. I think they will be more careful in the future.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 7, 2008 | Reply

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