Google Mulls China Pullout Over Cyber Attacks

'No longer willing' to censor search results
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2010 6:03 PM CST
The Google offices in Beijing are seen in a 2007 photo.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – In the wake of what it calls major cyber attacks from China, Google said today it’s “reviewing the feasibility of our business operations” there. A blog post by the search giant’s chief legal officer claimed there was “theft of intellectual property from Google” in operations aimed at hacking into the email of Chinese dissidents.

“These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered —combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web—have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China,” David Drummond wrote. “We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down, and potentially our offices in China.”

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