Google's China Search Tool to Link Search History With Phone Number

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"The reported resignations illustrate a shifting cultural environment at Google, where employees have been more outspoken, publicly challenging strategy set by the company's leadership", the CNET report added.

To do so, though, they need to comply with the whims of Chinese authorities.

With the custom search engine, it would be easy for the Chinese government to track people's search activities and interrogate individuals found to be looking for censored information related to democracy and free speech.

The Dragonfly app would also contain a blacklist which would block searches for strings like "human rights", "student protest", "Nobel Prize", and others, says the report.

David Cicilline, a U.S. Rep. from Rhode Island, blasted Google with a tweet on Thursday that said the search giant shouldn't be using its vast resources to enable authoritarianism in China. According to the same sources, Dragonfly includes a built-in system meant to supplant the actual weather and air pollution data with a set of government-provided information, possibly enabling Beijing to manipulate data about the country's real pollution plight. Air pollution in Beijing is disastrous, with the city consistently ranking among the places with the worst air quality in China.

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Seven Google employees have resigned citing lack of corporate transparency after the Internet giant revealed its efforts to re-enter China through a censored search application code-named project "Dragonfly". However, the prototype search, dubbed Dragonfly, is raising the eyebrows of human rights advocates this early due to its privacy implications.

About 1,000 employees signed an open letter asking the company to be transparent about the project and to create an ethical review process for it that includes rank-and-file employees, not just high-level executives, according to CNET.

On 13th Septemeber, a bipartisan group of 16 U.S. lawmakers asked Google if it would comply with China's internet censorship and surveillance policies.

I view our intent to capitulate to censorship and surveillance demands in exchange for access to the Chinese market as a forfeiture of our values and governmental negotiating position across the globe.

We've been investing for many years to help Chinese users, from developing Android, through mobile apps such as Google Translate and Files Go, and our developer tools.

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