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Google China Prototype Allows Government To Track Search Queries Of Citizens

Tuesday 25/September/2018 - 09:24 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
The prototype of the new Google search engine for China will allow the government to track the search queries made by its citizens، according to a report by The Intercept.

The search engine، codenamed Dragonfly، has been the subject of massive scrutiny as it will allegedly implement China's strict censorship regulations. However، with the news that it will also monitor the online activity of the Chinese people، the new Google search engine for China just got even more controversial، according to Technical Times.
According to The Intercept، a prototype of Google's Project Dragonfly revealed that search queries will be linked to personal phone numbers، which will allow the Chinese government to monitor the search queries made by each citizen.
Prototypes of the search engine، which is being designed to work with Android-powered devices، will link the app with the user's mobile phone number، sources familiar with the matter told The Intercept. Citizens who input search queries that are banned by the government may find themselves under interrogation or detention.
"This is very problematic from a privacy point of view، because it would allow far more detailed tracking and profiling of people's behavior،" said Human Rights Watch senior internet researcher Cynthia Wong.

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