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China mulls amending surveying, mapping law

(Xinhua)    13:16, October 31, 2016

BEIJING, Oct. 31 -- The top legislature is considering amending the Surveying and Mapping Law to improve the management and sharing of China's geological data, according to a statement released Monday.

The amended draft was submitted to legislators for its first reading at the bimonthly session of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, which runs from Monday until Nov. 7.

The law was formulated in 1992 and amended for the first time ten years later.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Land and Resources, the current rules on surveying and mapping are out of date, as technological advances have changed the way in which people interact with and access data.

Problems have arisen as a result of this new situation, including insufficient application and sharing of surveying and mapping results, as well as security risks due to satellite navigation and positioning reference stations, which make the need to amend the law all the more pressing, according to the statement.

"Security risks related to geological information have increased as the production, gathering and use of such information is no longer confined to professionals," it said.

"We must improve the way we protect our sensitive geological information," the statement added.

According to the revised draft, the source and destination of geological information must be better managed, adding that measures should be taken to better integrate the various sources of geological data and improve the way in which it is shared and used.

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