to the marvels of modern technology, everyone interested has access
to satellite images of the Earth. With the push of a
button, anyone can look anywhere in the world and get
a street-view of its location; but this will no longer be
the case in the Peoples Republic Of China. In an effort
to combat what they consider a threat to state security, the Chinese
government has set up new regulations that will ban what they consider
to be "illegal" maps of the country placed online.The
new regulations include all maps downloaded or copied from the
internet onto mobile devices according
to The New
officials are concerned that some uploaded satellite maps and images
could display sensitive military locations. Authorities are now
strengthening supervision on companies utilizing platforms that
provide online maps and geographical information. They are
updating current policies to require that all internet map servers
store map data inside the country as well as provide public internet
protocol addresses. The new policies will affect
map services like Bing and Google.
Google recently found itself caught up in a confrontation with China,
after the company decided to no longer go along with the country's
requirement to censor internet searches in China. In an effort
to work around the censoring restrictions, Google moved its servers
to Hong Kong.Government officials will also require that all
map servers "have no record of information leakage in any form
in the past three years." And by December, officials will
also crack down on unregistered or illegal map servers. Those
who are deemed in violation of exposing state secrets could be jailed
for up to 10 years.Officials also plan to crack down on
unregistered or illegal Internet map servers by December and release
blacklists to the public.
quote: WE are not doing business with China. CORPORATIONS are doing business with China and other countries, claiming it's cheaper for us as consumers.
quote: The new policies will affect map services like Bing and Google.
quote: by 91TTZ on May 20, 2010 at 2:54 PM If they think they're going to hide it from the US, they're sadly mistaken. The images from the spy satellites that the CIA operates are hell of a lot more detailed than the ones you can get on Google. No need to hide those bases because we already know about them.