Google is reportedly developing a prototype system that will link Chinese service users' searches to their personal phone numbers.
The Intercept he says that Dragonfly an Android app is a secret program revealed after a complaint last month. The app could link to a user's phone number, making it very easy to track individual searches of users of the service.
In addition to searching a hardcoded blacklist for the terms “human rights,” “student protest,” and “Nobel Prize,” Dragonfly's detection can also surface data processed by the Chinese government. So the users they could read completely differently Results for Chinese activist and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.
Sources also told Intercept that "hardcoded" results apply to almost everything. This will make it possible to replace the weather and the effects of air pollution with processed data from China.
Google has not confirmed the existence of Dragonfly, although it has said that it is conducting "exploratory" work for a search service in China.
The above references have cause reactions inside and outside the company. About 1.400 Google employees have signed a letter requiring more information about the project. The Intercept he says that Google's senior researcher, Jack Poulson, has resigned for the project, indicating that there are a total of five workers left behind by Dragonfly.
Η Google αποχώρησε από την ηπειρωτική Κίνα το 2010, όταν ανακάλυψε μια επίθεση ηλεκτρονικού ψαρέματος (phishing) που απευθυνόταν σε ακτιβιστές ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων. Η κυβέρνηση της Κίνας έχει περιορίσει τα δικαιώματα των χρηστών στο Internet από το 2010 και ταυτόχρονα επεκτείνει ένα καθεστώς κοινωνικού ελέγχου υψηλής τεχνολογίας που περιλαμβάνει αποτελέσματα “κοινωνικής πίστης” και μια εξελιγμένη device επιτήρησης για την παρακολούθηση των μουσουλμάνων στο Xinjiang.
Let's say that even without linking a phone number with censored terms, searches on Dragonfly will not be safe.
Poulson expressed concern that user data would simply be hosted in China, meaning government agencies would be able to access it. However, the feature mentioned adds another level of control and indicates Google's willingness to make surveillance much easier.