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Taiwan wants Apple to blur sensitive military satellite images

Taiwan: Taiwan government officials said they will ask Apple to blur a map image of its new USD 1.4 billion early warning radar station that can detect aircraft and missiles coming from as far as western China. Defense Ministry spokesman David Lo said that Apple should follow its rival Google in using only low-resolution satellite pictures to show sensitive facilities. He acknowledged the military should also try to camouflage them.

Apple released the Apple Maps app with its new mobile operating system iOS 6, which is pre-loaded on the iPhone 5, and works on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The mobile app has a feature that lets users “flyover” a destination by using satellite imagery.

The satellite picture that can be viewed with iPhones is believed to have been taken a year ago.

A satellite picture showing “top-secret long-range radar base” in Hsinchu was printed by a local newspaper Liberty Times. Representatives for Taiwanese officials have yet to submit a formal request to Apple, but say they will ask the tech giant to uses lower resolution satellite images.

The 10-story high radar installation built with US technology is expected to go online later this year. It”s near the Hsinchu Air Base in northern Taiwan.

Local media say the radar installation can monitor targets, determine their speeds and fire missiles to intercept them.

Source: CBS News