Google tells US it is mulling op­tions on China ser­vices

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the com­pany 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 news web­site. Google de­clined to com­ment.

Reuters and other out­lets had re­ported in Au­gust that Google planned to launch a ver­sion of its search en­gine in China that would block some web­sites and search terms.

The move would mark its re­turn to a mar­ket it aban­doned eight years ago on cen­sor­ship con­cerns.

Sen­a­tor Mark Warner, the rank­ing Demo­crat on the In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, said on Fri­day he was “re­ally dis­ap­pointed with Google’s re­sponse,” through the let­ter, to ques­tions from sen­a­tors about the com­pany’s plans in China.

Google said it was “un­clear” if it would move for­ward 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 said. “Any ef­fort to get back into China could en­able the Chi­nese govern­ment in re- press­ing and ma­nip­u­lat­ing their cit­i­zens.”

In Septem­ber, a bi­par­ti­san group of 16 US House law­mak­ers asked Google to dis­close pre­cau­tions it would take to pro­tect the safety of its users if Chi­nese reg­u­la­tors al­low its search en­gine to op­er­ate. The let­ter said 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 other US sen­a­tors wrote Pichai to ex­plain why it de­layed dis­clos­ing vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties with its Google+ so­cial net­work.

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