SAN FRANCISCO: Not to mention Google’s plan to introduce a censored version of its search engine in China, a senior private sector official told US lawmakers that the company would apply its privacy and security controls if it was interested in China. ,
When Keith Enright, the Google Privacy Officer, appeared to US Congressmen at a Senate Trade Committee meeting, he even went so far as to confirm the research project China already exists, said The Wired.
But Enright has not revealed much and left the legislature disappointed.
“I understand that we will not launch a research product in China and that we will not be clear in the future,” said Enright to Senator Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire Democrat.
News of Google’s plan to build a censored search engine in China collapsed in August when The Intercept announced that the search platform would “blacklist” sensitive queries on issues such as politics. Freedom of speech, democracy, human rights and peaceful protests Google employees.
According to a project note written by a Google technician, the search engine would force users in China to connect to search and share important data with a Chinese partner.
During the congressional hearing, Enright refused to explain his intent and insisted that he “was not clear about what happened in the project or not.”
Representatives of five other companies, in addition to Google, also appeared before the Senate Committee on Trade, Science and Transport.
These five companies were: Apple, AT & T, Amazon, Charter Communications and Twitter.
However, Google was not the only company in the audience asking questions about China.
Colorado Senator Cory Gardner asked Apple’s representative to respect his standards of human rights and confidentiality under the Wired Report.