Google Stopped Chinese Data Collection Program

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Google has stopped a data gathering project in China and hit a huge blow to the contentious Dragonfly project, as per a new media report. As per the report, the search behemoth is still studying web searches in China in an attempt to roll out a search engine that obey with the nation’s censorship rule, even though an authorized roll out appears to have been indefinitely delayed. But in the face of extensive opposition inside the firm, Google officials closed one of the most central data sources of the project, making the current operation far harder.

In August this year, media claimed that Google had set up a replica search engine at 265.com as a method of studying the market in China. Any questions made via 265 might be directed to the Baidu search engine of China, so it was not very useful helpful as a project. But it offered Google a priceless window into what Chinese consumers might be expected to search for. It also created important internal worries, with many workers looking for the site as a hint for advanced Chinese ambitions by Google.

On a related note, Google earlier informed US lawmakers that it was mulling over a number of options to provide extra services in China, but refused to detail plans for dealing with Chinese censorship. The firm has come under heat after reports that it was mulling over re-entering search engine market in China and will abide by its Internet surveillance and censorship policies.

In a letter to 6 senators, Sundar Pichai (Google Chief Executive) claimed that the firm was “attentively considering a number of options for how to provide services in China in a manner that is constant with our mission.” The letter was reported previously by a news website, The Intercept. Google refused to answer.