The US Department of Defense has forbidden internet search giant Google from making detailed descriptions of the US military bases.
In a Friday statement, Pentagon officials said although such services could be useful, comprehensive imagery of US military sites poses a ‘potential threat’ to security.
The move comes shortly after in-depth images of the Fort Sam Houston army base in Texas on Google Maps sparked an outcry among US government officials, BBC reported.
Google has now been banned from filming and conducting detailed studies of military bases.
“Images include 360-degree views of the covered area to include access control points, barriers, headquarters, facilities and community areas,” BBC quoted the Defense Department as saying.
Google spokesman Larry Yu said all images in question have been removed, admitting that Google’s decision to enter the Texas base and launch a detailed survey had certainly been ‘a big mistake’.