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Google's Chinese search project asks for concern from US legislators



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Google's efforts to enter China become attention from the Congress.

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6 legislators sent a letter to Google on Thursday, asking if the effort meant that the search giant would comply with China's internet censorship and surveillance policy, according to Reuters.

Google has allegedly worked with a censored version of China's search engine, which would give it entry back to the country eight years after it first returned.

The project, allegedly called "Dragonfly", claimed a protest of 1,000 Google employees last month. Some employees, including senior researcher Jack Poulson, have also reportedly withdrawn in protest.

The legislators said they had serious concerns about the potential search project and asked if Google would "ensure that some Chinese citizens or foreigners living in China, including Americans, will not be monitored or targeted through Google applications." They also asked how the search giant would notify users in China about restrictions that Google adheres to.

To persuade employee concerns, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said last month that the search giant is not near to launch a search product in China "but it's thinking about doing more in the country."

Google did not respond immediately to a request for comment, neither did David Cicilline, who signed the letter to the company. Co-signer Rep. Michael McCaul refused to comment beyond the letter.


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