close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

South Korea rejects Google request to take govt mapping data out of country

South Korea said on Friday it has rejected Google`s latest request for permission to take government mapping data for use in servers outside the country, citing security issues with North Korea.



Seoul: South Korea said on Friday it has rejected Google`s latest request for permission to take government mapping data for use in servers outside the country, citing security issues with North Korea.

Google, an Alphabet Inc company, has said it needs to use the data on servers worldwide to enable services that would give walking and driving directions in South Korea.

But South Korea, whose 1950-53 war with North Korea ended without a peace treaty, argues that if it allowed such data to leave the country, the locations of military facilities and other sensitive sites could be revealed.

The government could grant permission if Google removes images of sensitive sites on its satellite imaging services, an official at the body in charge of mapping data has previously said. 

But Google has rejected that condition, saying the information is widely available through satellite images that can be purchased freely.

The land ministry said it would reconsider if Google changes its position. A Seoul-based spokeswoman for Google did not have immediate comment on Friday`s decision. 

Separately, Google is under scrutiny in South Korea, with the antitrust regulator examining whether the U.S. firm`s agreements with handset manufacturers on the Android mobile operating system limits market competition.

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions

trending

photo gallery

video


WION FEATURES

Video: Suspected Kashmiri militants play cricket with AK47 as wicket

Nice, France: A year later, through the eyes of a Muslim

Top 5 inventions from Israel (Tech check)

Judaism, India's oldest foreign religion

Vegetarian beef farmer puts cows to pasture

Disabled dogs in Taiwan get hot new wheels