Report: Google Aiding Governments After Concerns With 'Earth' Program
Google has been increasingly helpful to U.S. and foreign intelligence services in taking down images from its Google Earth program when concerns arise about the possibility that terrorists could make use of the pictures for planning attacks, according to a government report prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The report notes concerns voiced by government officials and terrorism experts about Google Earth, including Dick Leurdijk, who said "potential terrorist targets could be made more vulnerable to terrorists thanks to the detailed images created from satellites and aircrafts available via Google Earth."
"As the initial shock wore off, five main responses to the 'Google threat' emerged from nations around the world: negotiations with Google, banning Google products, developing a similar product, taking evasive measures, and nonchalance," the report says.
The office's Open Source Center last month prepared the unclassified report, "The Google Controversy -- Two Years Later," which discusses foreign news reporting related to Google Earth and government response to online mapping. It was obtained by the Federation of American Scientists and posted on its Secrecy News Web site.
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