Taiwan wants Apple blurred images of military bases in Maps
The much criticized Apple Maps app, the same one that caused widespread consternation among users when substituted for Google maps in the latest version of iOS, is back on everyone’s lips. In this case for the opposite, for being so precise to show sensitive military facilities from the Taiwanese . The government will ask for a change in the way in which the system is located at the company’s maps.
The main criticism lies in the location Maps inaccurate in many enclaves and blurred effects in others. Not so in some certain points or areas that are over a radar station revealing top secret military in Taiwan. A radar ultra-high frequency valued at 1.23 billion dollars and located in the northern region of Hsinchu (Taiwan).
A local newspaper, the Liberty Times, spread accurate satellite image downloaded via an iPhone 5. Here we can see the exact location of the facility built to detect and track missiles from remote locations in China. A photograph from the Taiwan’s defense ministry has said that:
In terms of commercial satellite imagery, legally we can not do anything about it. But let’s ask Apple to lower the resolution of satellite images of some confidential military establishments in the same way that we have asked in the past to Google.
David Lo, the man who issued the statement from the ministry, referring to the government’s request in 2005 . At that time, asked Google to modify the search was called Earth where Taiwan as a “province of China”.
The radar in question was provided by the United States, through Raytheon, and today most likely due to cyber espionage China already knew of its existence.
As in the case of radar, Apple has received complaints from Turkey for similar reasons after their images showed several military and high profile prisons in the country.
Either way, it is ironic that the Apple app that has been criticized in recent times for staying “short” when defining the sights, the exact location in cities or poor satellite images, is now criticized by doing “too well” work.Tags: Apple, maps