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Coca-Cola Finds Itself in Hot Water in China

GPS info considered 'confidential'


In the latest dispute between the government of China and American companies, Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) is being accused of illegally mapping sections of a Chinese province.

The company says that its mapping — which occurred in the southwestern province of Yunnan — is to promote customer service and better fuel efficiency, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Still, the government of the province considers GPS information to be confidential and has accused the company of committing an infraction against the laws of China. In recent years, the national government of China has issued warnings about using GPS devices and mobile phones equipped with GPS to create better maps of the country’s land and terrain.

Coca-Cola’s case is one of more than 20 filed against various companies on similar charges.

A spokeswoman for Coca-Cola said the company is cooperating with the government to insure that its mapping activities comply with national and local regulations.

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