Tech News 24 has reported that Google is considering banning the sale and distribution of Google Map in the two countries, Australia and the UK, due to “security risks”.
The news follows an article in The Guardian last week, which alleged that Google had been investigating whether it could ban maps for users in the US and Australia.
Google’s Chief Executive Sundar Pichai has been quoted as saying the company had no plans to stop mapping for its users.
In the UK’s case, it is the country’s equivalent of the US, so the move will affect many people in the country.
Picha’s comments came as the country grappled with an outbreak of coronavirus in the capital, London, which has claimed more than 1,100 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is set to publish an updated strategy on Monday that includes measures to curb the spread of the virus, but has not said what those measures are.
It is understood that the UK government is also planning to ban Google Maps from the country in the coming weeks. ®