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China issues new rules on Internet map publishing

     
2:27 am on May 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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China issues new rules on Internet map publishing [news.xinhuanet.com]

The new standard issued by the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, one year after the first standard was launched, requires all Internet map servers to keep servers storing map data inside the country and provide public Internet protocol addresses.

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Song Chaozhi, deputy director of the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, said in a conference on Internet map services in Beijing on May 14 that there are two main problems existing in the field: One is publishing maps with wrong locations or information, and the other is leaking sensitive information involving State secrets on maps.

All these will harm consumers' rights or even endanger national security, he said.


Somehow I think it's too late to control this sort of information. In the age of GPS and readily available satellite maps what good is it to try to hide everything?