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  (Source: earth.google.com)
The world's largest mobile market puts a lock-down on location-based-services; they say a threat to security is to blame.

Thanks 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 York Times.

Chinese 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.



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Who are they trying to hide this from?
By 91TTZ on 5/20/2010 2:54:44 PM , Rating: 2
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.




By Spaankii on 5/20/2010 8:49:26 PM , Rating: 2
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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.


I think you're starting to get closer to it. It isn't an external threat. Inside China is more precarious than you think. Economy not as sound as the rest of the world wants to believe. Civil disturbances by desperate people will make use of things like google maps. They will make do with what's available to demonstrate their cause and hence it has been removed from them by their government.


"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis














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