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Yandex.Maps was accused of uncovering secret military sites. Service claims to use open data 

The study was conducted by the Federation of American Scientists.

Official maps of Israel (left) and Yandex maps (right) Yandex.Maps image

Researcher of the Federation of American Scientists (Matthew Korda) publishedan article on the military bases of Turkey and Israel. He found out that if you compare maps with Google Earth and Yandex.Maps, thanks to the blurred areas, you can calculate the location of classified objects.

According to Korda, he managed to find out that Yandex.Maps covered only the objects of two countries – Israel and Turkey. Including military airfields, bunkers for storing ammunition and several buildings in cities – only about 300 buildings. Based on this, the researcher concluded that Yandex agreed with the Israeli and Turkish authorities to hide secret objects.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]None of the permanent military sites of Russia and Syria was hidden, but all of Syria is displayed in extremely low resolution. Because of this, exploring it through the Yandex service is almost impossible. While the Crimea and the entire Donbass are depicted in very high resolution, so the fuzzy standard is applied selectively.[/perfectpullquote]
Matt Korda
researcher of the Federation of American Scientists

The press service of Yandex.Maps explained to  that the map of Israel corresponds to the official map of this state, on which all the “secret objects” are shown smeared and are in the public domain. And in the case of Turkey and Israel, the service leads the cards to “local standards”, the press service added.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]In countries where we develop our services, we are especially closely monitoring the update of maps and compliance with the requirements of local regulatory organizations. Objects on satellite imagery are blurred so that it is impossible to view them. At the same time information about their location is in the public domain, including on other maps.[/perfectpullquote]
Yandex.Maps press service

“Yandex.Maps” is not the first time faced with claims due to secret objects. In 2015, users found several Russian military facilities in the Donbas, including equipment and ammunition. As noted on the “Habré”, most often the objects on the “Yandex.Maps” correspond to the objects on maps from Google or Bing.

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