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Google disrupts an important service in Ukraine

The feature shows delays in traffic on the roads, in crowded stores, and other business centers.

Experts say such data can provide insights into the military actions taking place in Ukraine.

And the website “The Verge”, which specializes in technical news, quoted an open source software expert, as saying that he was able to find out the start of the Russian invasion after discovering traffic jams near the Ukrainian border on Google Maps.

Commenting on the suspension of the service, Google said in a statement that the decision to disable these features was taken to protect the safety of local users, after consulting with the Ukrainian authorities.

The location data collected by these mapping services sometimes captures sensitive information.

For example, when fitness-tracking app Strava released a map in 2017 of user activity, it mistakenly revealed the location of several US military bases.

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