The US defence department has banned Google from making images of US military bases for use on Google applications such as Google Maps or Google Earth.

The move follows the discovery of images of the Fort Sam Houston army base in Texas on Google Maps. Images include 360-degree views of the covered area to include access control points, barriers, headquarters, facilities and community areas, and such detailed mapping could pose a threat.Military officials are currently looking into exactly what imagery is available – though it may not be able to order its removal if images are taken from public streets.

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