Google tells U.S. lawmakers it is mulling options on China services, Telecom News, ET Telecom

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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON, – Alphabet Inc’s Google unit has informed U.S. lawmakers it was contemplating “a variety of options” to supply extra providers in China, however declined to element plans for addressing Chinese censorship.

The firm has come underneath criticism after stories it was contemplating re-entering China’s search engine market and would adjust to its web censorship and surveillance insurance policies.

In an Aug. 31 letter to 6 senators made public on Friday, Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai mentioned the corporate was “thoughtfully considering a variety of options for how to offer services in China in a way that is consistent with our mission.”

The letter was reported earlier by The Intercept, a information web site. Google declined to remark.

Reuters and different shops had reported in August that Google deliberate to launch a model of its search engine in China that might block some web sites and search phrases. The transfer would mark its return to a market it deserted eight years in the past on censorship considerations.

Senator Mark Warner, the rating Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, mentioned on Friday he was “really disappointed with Google’s response,” by the letter, to questions from senators concerning the firm’s plans in China.

Google mentioned it was “unclear” if it would transfer ahead with a search engine in China, and that it was “not in a position to be able to answer detailed questions.”

“Their response to the Senate failed to provide any information about Google’s reported plans to consider launching a censored search engine in China,” Warner mentioned. “Any effort to get back into China could enable the Chinese government in repressing and manipulating their citizens.”

In September, a bipartisan group of 16 U.S. House lawmakers requested Google to reveal precautions it would take to guard the protection of its customers if Chinese regulators permit its search engine to function.

The letter mentioned Google was “committed to promoting access to information, freedom of expression, and user privacy, as well as to respecting the laws of jurisdictions in which we operate.”

On Thursday, three different U.S. senators wrote Pichai to elucidate why it delayed disclosing vulnerabilities with its Google+ social community. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Additional reporting by Paresh Dave in San Francisco; Editing by Will Dunham and Richard Chang)

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