China cracks down on illegal mapping services

The state media in China has reported that the Bureau of Surveying and Mapping is working on a nationwide campaign to clamp down on illegal online mapping services

China has stepped up efforts to eliminate illegal online mapping services, with the country's mapping bureau calling for punishment to be meted out to violators, according to local reports.

State media Xinhua reported on Monday that the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping is working with 13 governmental agencies in a nationwide campaign to crack down on illegal online mapping services.

Citing an official from the bureau, the report noted that in online mapping alone, over 1,000 violations had been recorded in China since 2008. The government official said major violations included "unauthorised disclosure of confidential information on the maps, and mistakes in drawing the country's border, especially on islands and coastal areas".

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