BEIJING, May 19 -- An updated standard for Internet map servers will be implemented next month to avoid state secrets being disclosed and uncertified maps published online, authorities have said.
The new standard issued by the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, one year after the first standard was launched, requires all Internet map servers to keep servers storing map data inside the country and provide public Internet protocol addresses.
Under the latest standard, qualified online map servers must have no record of information leakage in any form in the past three years.
The new regulation includes all maps downloaded or copied from the Internet onto cell phones and handheld computers.
By the end of December, the authorities will also crack down on unregistered or illegal Internet map servers and release the blacklist to the public.
Song Chaozhi, deputy director of the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, said in a conference on Internet map services in Beijing on May 14 that there are two main problems existing in the field: One is publishing maps with wrong locations or information, and the other is leaking sensitive information involving State secrets on maps.
All these will harm consumers' rights or even endanger national security, he said.
Cases of illegal mapping are not rare in the country.
The national surveying and mapping bureau reportedly punished three Germans who collected geographic information in Yichang, Hubei province and later mapped these in computers.
Similarly, the Longyan bureau of land and resources in Fujian province reportedly meted out administrative punishment to a Japanese who measured 195 locations inside Longyan and located 80 of them on his map.
In April 2010, the Shenzhen land planning and supervision team detected a website named Moon-bbs.com, where confidential geographic information including military airports and locations of nuclear test explosions were published.