Ge­o­log­i­cal data will get tighter over­sight

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CAO YIN

The top leg­is­la­ture is read­ing a draft amend­ment to the Sur­vey­ing and Map­ping Law, which aims to en­sure the safety of ge­o­log­i­cal data, while tak­ing ad­van­tage of it.

The draft­was­sub­mit­ted to the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress Stand­ing Com­mit­tee onMon­day for first re­view and will be dis­cussed at the bi­monthly ses­sion of the com­mit­tee. Zhang Delin, vice-min­is­ter of the Min­istry of Land a n d Re­sources, said that cur­rent reg­u­la­tions on sur­vey­ing and map­ping are out of date, “as tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances have changed the way that peo­ple in­ter­act with and ac­cess data”.

“Some ge­o­log­i­cal in­for­ma­tion is not uti­lized suf­fi­ciently or ef­fec­tively, while some has se­cu­rity risks and­should­beveiled­dueto satel­lite­nav­i­ga­tion or po­si­tion­ing ref­er­ence sta­tions,” Zhang said.

The cur­rent lawwas for­mu­lated in 1992 and amended for the first time 10 years ago.

The amend­ment pro­poses that ge­o­log­i­cal in­for­ma­tion is fur­ther shared on public in­for­ma­tion plat­forms, “but who takes re­spon­si­bil­ity of su­per­vis­ing and pro­tect­ing the in­for­ma­tion will be also clar­i­fied”, Zhang said.

Zhang Delin

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