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China Releases New Rules for Online Map Services, Aiming to Better Protect Data

2015-12-15 15:53:55

China introduced a set of new regulations for online map services as part of a broader update on Monday.


The document, which was signed by Premier Li Keqiang and takes effect on January 1, 2016, is intended to safeguard national sovereignty and information security, as well as improve public services, the State Council, China's cabinet, claimed in a statement.

Rules concerning market entry, data security management, user information protection, supervision and registration of Internet map services have been specified in the new rules. The new regulations seek to strengthen policy support and supervision of the nascent industry.

The regulations state providers of online maps must possess mapping qualifications, house servers storing data within Chinese territory and must develop measures to ensure data security. 

They are also required to ask users' permission before collecting and using personal information, and are banned from leaking, tampering with, selling or illegally providing the data to others.

Service providers are required to stop transmitting map information and report to mapping, publishing or Internet security authorities when illegal content is detected.

The regulations also stipulate online map service providers must thoroughly examine updated map information, inform mapping authorities and file the information.