Sichuan Bans Domestic Map Web Sites From Linking to Foreign Maps
On January 9, 2013, the Sichuan People's Government enacted the "Measures on Map Administration" (地图管理办法). The Measures included the following provisions:
Article 31. Citizens, legal persons, and other organizations may not post any content to Internet mapping service web sites that is prohibited from being displayed by laws, regulations, or rules.
No enterprise or individual may distribute important geographic information data that has not been examined and verified in accordance with law without authorization.
Article 32. Internet mapping service enterprises shall conduct screening of all new content posted by citizens, legal persons, or other organizations on maps that have been examined, approved, and authorized.
Article 33. Internet mapping service enterprises may not upload, copy, link to, distribute, or utilize maps that have not obtained a government-issued serial number, and may not provide links to overseas Internet mapping services.