Sat. Jan 29th, 2022

China recently banned Chinese users from accessing the Flightradar24 website—a global-sharing network of flight tracking— for fear that “important aviation data” might be transferred to foreign countries and that some sort of “espionage acts” would divulge military aircrafts’ movements and endanger national security, according to state-owned CCTV. On Oct. 31, CCTV aired a program about an “anti-spyware law,” which did not directly name Flightradar24. but the program showed its web pages when the topic shifted to aviation data security, “espionage acts,” marine garbage, and ship data. The Flightradar24 website, founded in 2006 by two Swedish aviation enthusiasts, allows anyone worldwide with an ADS-B device to upload data. ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) is a surveillance technology that tracks all aircraft equipped with the same device. It detects flight data within a 186-mile radius including flight speed, altitude, latitude, longitude, and other measurements. This data is then transmitted to the Flightradar24 website and app. …

Author: Raven Wu

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