While Google endeavors to make its worldwide services satisfying for as many users as possible around the Globe, the giant search engine encounters difficulties sometimes. It has recently happened with an Asian country: South Korea delays giving the required information for Google Maps.
According to previous discussion and arrangements, South Korea was supposed to deliver the necessary data to Google for the Google Maps system yesterday, on the 24th of August. Unexpectedly, what South Korea officials did instead of keeping with the plan was asking for a delay, going beyond the deadline.
The South Korean officials’ petition was granted, and they obtained three more months so that the new deadline is November 23, 2016. Google first requested the information from the Eastern country about three months ago, towards the end of May. The data they should provide Google with would help Google Maps give users improved information on the location of the country. On the other hand, the reason behind the South Korean official’s apparent refusal is precisely this one: they are concerned about their national security.
The new decision on behalf of South Korea was announced by National Geographic Information Institute (NGII) on August 24. The special committee also announced that it was an important decision and it was naturally from them to ask for more time in order to think it through. Nevertheless, South Korean people in charge of the project will be keeping in touch with Google.
According to The Korea Times, state officials declared the following:
“We decided to conduct further talks with Google over potential impacts that the issue will bring in such areas as national security and other industries. “ (Choi Byung-nam)
State officials have to consider matters such as national security, keeping good political relations with the United States, not interfering with their national economy and so on. National IT companies will stand to lose, as local servers are used instead of the worldwide Google Maps service. On the other hand, Google thinks it is their company the one that stands to lose, as it is unfair that the population of the country doesn’t use their system.
A civic group, The Green Consumer Network, made its point clear through the following statement:
“The introduction of the so-called ‘Google tax’ is necessary, as domestic information and communication technology (ICT) firms are suffering reverse discrimination.”
The following months are crucial for this affair, but Google hopes to get South Korea’s approval eventually.
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