Google Maps and China Regulations: Deadline Set

It looks as though Google Maps could be in a spot of bother in China as it has failed to comply with new regulations introduced by China earlier this year which stipulates that all companies providing online mapping must obtain official approval.

China’s State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping has given the deadline of March 31, 2011, for companies to acquire the official license and if Google hasn’t obtained this by July 1 then the bureau will prosecute and punish the company, according to Michael Kan of IDG News over on PCWorld. It is not yet clear however, exactly what the punishment handed to Google or other non-complying companies would be.

Google has already had some services blocked in China, including YouTube and Blogger, despite the fact that it’s the second largest search engine in the country. Echoing a previous statement Google has responded by saying, “We are examining the regulations to understand their impact on our maps products in China.” Baidu, the domestic search engine of China, has already applied successfully for its mapping license.

Meanwhile the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping has already released a beta version of its own mapping service called Map World. For more on this got to pcworld.com. What do you think of Google having to apply for a license to continue its mapping service? Why not send us your comments on this.