The government of South Korea has denied the request from Google regarding a detailed map for the Google’s Map app. Lead by the countries IT and transport ministry, unification, defense, foreign affairs, trade ministry and administrations. Security concerns as the reason behind the decision have been cited by the committee. The ultimate call arises after a delay from the original August deadline for the US search giant’s request in June. The US election is the speculation of the postponement of the call. Google has requested a more detailed map from South Korea before has well including driving directions, navigation details since 2010 and been refused ever since.
Technically South Korea and North Korea are at war since the armistice in 1953 and has strict regulations revealing map information. For servers outside the country, the law doesn’t allow recent maps to be stored. The company has created a limited service server in South Korea to service the map of the country. Some believe the decision is just an excuse to defend the business benefits of local map vendors such as Kakao and Naver however, the security concerns are real regarding North Korea. For their day-to-day navigation users in South Korea are using Naver overwhelmingly as Google Maps doesn’t have a detailed map.