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China regulates Online Map Services to address national security breach, will Google Earth comply?

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posted on Jun, 18 2010 @ 09:10 AM
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China regulates Online Map Services to address national security breach, will Google Earth comply?


www.chinahu sh.com

News flashback:

On May 17, 2010 CCTV news reported that Chinese government shuts down a famous Internet forum – “Moonlight Forum”, because this website carried sensitive military information in China such as locations of airfield, navy bases and barracks of Hong Kong PLA battalion that posed as a threat to China’s state national security.
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posted on Jun, 18 2010 @ 09:10 AM
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You know, that piece of news made me think. Could Google Earth 's sattelite actually be used for espionage?

I mean, look what it says further on the article:



The Moonlight Forum is a community website frequented by military aficionados. They have sections such as "China’s nuclear test sites," "Chinese military airfields," "military camps around Beijing," "the catalog of Chinese military equipment" and so on. Compared to other military websites, the Moonlight Forum links directly to a certain overseas geographical mapping search engine. Thus, users can go through the client software and freely browse the high-resolution satellite photo maps all over the world. Users can also annotate the geographical locations of various military locations on maps.


Knowing all the military bases, nuclear test sites and so on of every nation in the world, wouldn't that be considered espionage? Isn't that sensitive information?

Now the chinese government has new regulations and all online mapping companies will have to go through a new process of approval, which could require them to cover those sensitive locations frmo their mapping and sattelite services.

Which is why the title asks: why Google comply?


www.chinahu sh.com
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Jun, 18 2010 @ 09:45 AM
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u.s did the same years ago in regard to military and govt. facilities. Think same goes for most countries around the world.. if they havent already theyre probably thinking about it.



posted on Jun, 18 2010 @ 10:07 AM
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I'm sure Google will comply with the asked measures. They do for every country and it's not an unreasonable request.



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