28 Sep Former Employee Warns of Google’s “Catastrophic” China Plans
Former Google employee Jack Poulson recently warned that the search giant’s exploration into the Chinese market could aid the country’s efforts in monitoring and censoring its citizens.
In his letter, the ex-senior researcher said that Google is working on a prototype that would allow a Chinese joint venture company to search for a user’s search queries based on their phone number. The project, codenamed “Dragonfly”, would also include an extensive censorship blacklist and use explicit code to ensure that only Chinese government-approved air quality data would be shown in searches of Chinese citizens.
Paulson called Google’s efforts a “catastrophic failure” that goes against its privacy policies and assurances that it had made to the US’s trade regulator on data protection.