Satellite photos of major security facilities in Korea including Cheong Wa Dae and the bases of the U.S. Forces Korea, are posted on the Google website. Concerns are being raised that Korea’s national security has loopholes as several clicks by any person can show photos, building locations, and roads in detail. According to the internet business community on August 30, the portal website Google has been running pilot services providing worldwide satellite and aerial photo maps since June this year at earth.google.com. The website can exactly introduce the locations of Cheong Wa Dae, major military bases, and major buildings and roads in the downtown area of Seoul, with some buildings shown in three dimension.
However, critics say such information could be utilized as basic material for foreign terrorist organizations trying to attack Korea. The Ministry of Defense has said that the satellite photos of Cheong Wa Dae and military bases released on the website ‘Google Earth’ might violate domestic security laws. However they also said that there is no way to regulate it with domestic laws as it is a foreign website in which the pictures are taken by foreign commercial satellites.