Korea cautious about Google Maps due to security reasons

Korea cautious about Google Maps due to security reasons

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Korea: The Korean government is cautious about giving a license for mapping activities in the nation to the US search giant Google due to security concerns. Google has been working with Kim & Chang, the country’s leading law firm, to get permission for its mapping in Korea, but has failed to persuade Korean officials.

“We are still concerned about Google’s moves to upload sensitive content without any mandatory security vetting, probably putting national security at stake. We, however, don’t have a plan to suspend a Street View service over security concerns,” said an official from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Korea. “Google insists that international communities will get a better understanding of Korea if its mapping activities are approved. However, that will help Google Maps become more popular and pose threats to Korean competitors,” said an analyst in Seoul.

Source: Korean Times