Taiwan’s military secrets revealed on Google Maps

22-Feb-2019 Intellasia | 9 News | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Google’s latest 3D-rendered maps have revealed some of Taiwan’s most sensitive military sites.

The extension of Google’s original satellite mapping promised better imagery and three-dimensional terrain for Taiwan cities Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, and Taichung.

However, the technology has made the previously secret Patriot missile base in Taipei and defence infrastructure at the National Security Bureau publicly visible.

Not only are all the structures visible, but the maps have revealed everything down to the types of launchers and models of the missiles used at the sites.

Taiwan’s Defence minister Yen Te-fa said a task force had been formed to work with Google to seek appropriate adjustments to prevent the secret locations being targeted by Beijing in the event of a cross-strait conflict.

He said the problem also highlighted a larger issue with Taiwan’s Fort Act which does not make it an offence to reveal certain military structures.

“There is a need to further review the law,” he told South China Morning Post.

A defence said the military would be asking Google to blur the locations and would be working to strengthen the camouflaging of structures and facilities.

However, he said the latest scandal was not as damaging as first thought.

“The confidential parts are all inside the structures which would be highly difficult to expose through the 3D maps,” he said.

This is not the first-time Taiwan has asked for details of its military facilities to be obscured by tech companies.

Google was asked to blur out part of Taiping Island where it was building a military fortification in 2016, while Apple Maps was asked to blur out a base in the northern city of Hsinchu in 2012.

https://www.9news.com.au/2019/02/20/18/10/news-world-taiwans-military-secrets-revealed-on-google-maps

 


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