Google applies for licence to continue mapping China

Google has applied for a license to keep serving maps in China in order to meet a requirement set by the government, which is cracking down on mapping services.
Written by Jack Clark, Contributor on

Google has applied for a licence to keep on serving maps in China, in the face of a government crackdown on unauthorised mapping services.

In June 2010, the Chinese government launched a scheme to weed out user-generated maps. It announced that map providers would have to receive licences from the government to operate in the country and they would be expected to host their maps of China within the country's borders.

Google, and other companies, have till Jul. 1 to acquire the requisite licences. Google has applied for the licence, through a partner company, named Beijing Guxiang Information Technology Co, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

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