Google has been forced by the government to remove various images taken by its Street View cameras because they breached the Official Secrets Act and could have aided terrorists, according to a report in the Mail on Sunday.
The paper said that secret locations included Special Boat Service and Special Air Service (SAS) bases, a Government atomic weapons research centre, MI5 headquarters and GCHQ near Milton Keynes.
It is believed that Google has removed images if the locations concerned had signs up saying that photography was banned. The SAS base, for example, is still identifiable, although certain images appear to be no longer accessible.
Google stopped short of admitting that it had been forced to remove certain images, although it stated that, while its drivers are trained not to take photographs where it is prohibited by law to do so, if mistakes are made "we will act quickly to remove the images".
"Google Street View is made up of images from public roads so it's to be expected that buildings that anyone can see walking down the street may appear, " the firm said.
"We're unaware of any official concerns being raised about security, but are of course happy to discuss any issues as they arise."
The news comes after an MP branded Google "irresponsible" after Street View cameras identified the entrance to the secret base of the SAS.
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