The Taiwanese government/military, like many others around the world, requests that satellite imagery providers, such as Google Maps, blur out certain sensitive military installations. Unfortunately, Apple apparently didn’t get that memo.
The defence ministry reacted after the Liberty Times newspaper printed a satellite picture, downloaded with an iPhone 5, showing a top-secret long-range radar base in the northern county of Hsinchu. “Regarding images taken by commercial satellites, legally we can do nothing about it,” the ministry’s spokesman David Lo told reporters. “But we’ll ask Apple to lower the resolution of satellite images of some confidential military establishments the way we’ve asked Google in the past,” he said, referring to the Google Earth programme.
According to reports the Taiwanese defence ministry hasn’t filed a formal request with Apple yet but thought it would be a great idea to splash this across the media and bring everyone’s attention to the story. Obviously it would terribly embarrassing if some unscrupulous person read the story and then found various uncensored military installations around Taiwan and posted photos of them.
Yuan Shan Military Command Center, Dazhi, Taipei (top: Google, bottom: Apple)
Military headquarters building, Nangang, Taipei
National Security Bureau Headquarters, Shilin, Taipei
Republic of China Air Force facility, Daan District, Taipei