China fights online leaks of classified maps

China fights online leaks of classified maps

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China: China is planning to crack down on sales or uploads of classified maps on the Internet to curb geographic information leaks. The campaign will focus on online trade in classified basic surveying and mapping results, and digital navigation maps without confidential treatment, according to the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation. It plans to inspect e-commerce websites, blogs and bulletin boards.

Citizens, who are caught selling or providing classified maps illegally, will be harshly punished, while websites containing sensitive geographic information will be shut down. The administration will also check maps providing tourist or traffic information to make sure they are not carrying excessive commercial advertisements.

Source: People daily