Russia Lifts Imagery and GPS Restrictions

The Russian government has lifted a (widely ignored) ban on the use of high-resolution images and high-accuracy GPS. Reuters:

Until now, global positioning systems that helped locate ground objects more precisely than in a radius of 30 metres (98 ft), have been formally outlawed in Russia for security reasons. Images made from space that locate an object within less than 2 metres (6.6 ft) were also banned.

Prohibited imagery and receivers were already in wide use in many industries; at least this is one less technical illegality for the state to use against you at its discretion. See also Kommersant. Via GPS Tracklog.

Previously: Russian Maps Mislead Foreign Businesses; BP, Russian Security and Large-Scale Maps; Maps as State Secrets.

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