GPS tagging in China

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Peter Kwok
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Using GPS is technically illegal in China
In reply to JonB1975, Feb 12, 2013

Using GPS to survey locations is technically illegal in China.  Foreigners caught doing so may be charged with espionage.  China is a one party dictatorship.  They have lots of laws, but they selectively enforce them depending on the policy of the day.

On the other hand, everyone in China carries a smartphone with a GPS chip.  Taxi drivers depend on it for navigation.  However, foreign web sites may not supply maps without putting in an offset.  That is why Google maps & satellite views do not line up.  Only Chinese sites may supply correct maps, which the government can turn off whenever they wish.

On my last trip to China, I left my GPS tracker on all day.  Actually, it is a Nexus 7 tablet.  Don't ask, don't tell.

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