Belgium: Does Google Earth pose a threat to national security?
The Ministry of Defence has ordered an enquiry into whether Google Earth constitutes a threat to security or a tool for terrorists, reported De Zondag.
Google Earth is easily accessible to most people, allowing them to see all the corners of the earth from their own living room via satellite images.
Terrorists interrogated by American authorities have already admitted that they consulted Google Earth to help them plan their attacks.
The application is also useful for thieves.
Defence services around the world are worried that the images could also reveal the location of military bases, reported De Zondag, saying that the Netherlands and the United States have demanded that any images showing such bases should be deleted.
In Belgium, all of the satellite images are currently accessible to the general public. However, a group has been established to find “a global and structural solution to the problem that such accessible material on Google Earth might pose to Belgian security”.
The results of this enquiry will be published in the coming months.