Google bosses have forced employees to delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company that revealed explosive details about a plan to launch a censored search engine in China, The Intercept has learned.
The memo, authored by a Google engineer who was asked to work on the project, disclosed that the search system, code-named Dragonfly, would require users to log in to perform searches, track their location – and share the resulting history with a Chinese partner who would have “unilateral access” to the data.
These are the requirements set forth by the Chinese government that you must fulfil in order to do business of this kind in China. It’s the same reason why Apple handed over all of its iCloud data to a company owned and run by the Chinese government – if you want to make money in China, you have to play by their rules. It just goes to show that while these companies make romp and stomp about caring about the privacy of western users, said care goes right out the window if it means they can make more money. Your privacy does not matter – only money matters.
And yes, they will do the same thing here in the west the moment it’s financially advantagous for them to do so.