The Belgian Defense Ministry Will Sue Google Because of Military Bases on the Maps
OREANDA-NEWS The Belgian Defense Ministry will sue Google because of military bases on the maps. Google refused to blur the images of strategic objects of Belgium on maps with satellite and panoramic photography.
The Ministry of Defense of Belgium announced its readiness to sue Google because of the refusal to blur the images of military facilities of the country on Google Maps, according to the Belgian newspaper LaCapitale, citing a press service of the Department.
"The defense Ministry has previously appealed to Google to blur its objects. Having established that this was not done, the Ministry will file a claim," the press service of the Ministry said.
We are talking about the function of panoramic and satellite imagery on Google maps. There you can find clear images of the base of the Belgian air force Klein-Brogel, where American atomic bombs, air force base Florence in the Ardennes, as well as other strategic facilities, including nuclear power plants and oil facilities in the port of Antwerp.
In addition, Google maps are clearly visible, the headquarters of the NATO, the Belgian crisis center, where the authorities are going to solve emergency problems as well as the residence of the Belgian Royal Palace of Laeken in Brussels and Sernon in the province of NAMUR, said LaCapitale.
Potential criminals may be interested not only in pictures of government and strategic facilities, but also prisons, the publication points out.
Earlier, Belgian media reported that, despite appeals to Google, both Belgian nuclear power plants remain UN-retouched on the maps.
In turn, the company, which do this for the governments of other countries, stressed that they regret the decision taken by Brussels.
Google Maps is a leader among modern map services that provide interactive satellite maps online.