Google Earth Viewed a Concern by Thailand Security
Google launched its Google Earth web service and the offline software with much fanfare. However, the application has invited a lot of criticism from all around for lack of security features. It shows images taken from satellites of the world and even let the users peek on the top of the buildings. Thailand is one such country, which is covered massively by it, and the security agencies there are afraid that the application can be used by terrorist organizations to get a closer look at their government buildings and target them in the future.
Thai security agencies consider the application a potential threat to their national security and are considering whether they should ask the company to block images of some of their potentially important government and military buildings, which are vulnerable to attack from the malicious members of the society.
The Thai military is expected to discuss the issue with telecommunications and security agencies before approaching Google and other companies like Microsoft, which have or are in the process of launching similar global mapping services. Armed Forces spokesperson Maj. Gen Weerasak Manee-in said in a statement to a news agency: “We are looking for possible restrictions on these detailed pictures, especially state buildings. I think pictures of tourist attractions should do.”
Sushubh Mittal is the Tech Columnist at Search Engine Journal and also the publisher of TechWhack, a Blog Portal on technology.