China Begins Campaign to Crack Down on Unlicensed Maps

by Matt Ball on March 8, 2011

According to a news report from Global Times, the Chinese State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping has begun a crack down on unlicensed mapping service providers to take down any online maps that aren’t authorized. You may recall that China began a certification of online mapping and a licensing process, which has now entered an enforcement phase.

The online inspections are meant to eradicate sites that “contain political mistakes” or that reveal “State secrets.” The online inspections are expected to take place through August, with the offending sites shut down or blocked.


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