The EFF, as part of a coalition of more than sixty other human rights groups led by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, has questions for Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Leaks and rumors continue to spread from Google for Project Dragonfly, a mysterious plan to create a censored, trackable search tool for China. Media reports based on company sources said the project is preparing for a quick launch, even because it is kept secret even by Google's security and privacy experts.
These stories undermine the obscure answers given to us in the previous correspondence. On the eve of Pichai's call to the House of Justice Committee, we reiterated our deep concern and called on Google to completely stop Project Dragonfly.
Companies from Silicon Valley know how dangerous it is to enter the markets without taking into account the implications for human rights from what they do. A decade ago, following Yahoo's incarceration in detaining and detaining journalist Shi Tao, as well as Google's own nonsense in creating a compatible firewall compatibility service, companies such as Microsoft, Google and Yahoo agreed to work with independent experts in the Global Network Initiative to defend the use of new human rights violations. Members of the US Congress concerned about Google's cooperation with other technology companies with other governments support this open, cautious approach.
But under the leadership of Pichai, Google seems to have ignored only external advice; the company apparently ignored the advice of its own privacy and security experts. An Intervenes an article based on statements made by four people working on the Dragonfly project, stressed that Google's Google operations chief in China "closed the members of the company's security and privacy team from key meetings for the search engine … and tried to give an overview of the privacy of the plan that attempted to address potential human rights abuses. "
If that description is correct, Google does not only expel human rights experts and Congressional congresses for its entry into China; it rejects the engineers' own directions.
The coalition's open letter says:
Facilitating China's access to personal data, as described in media reports, would be particularly reckless. If such features were launched, there is a real risk that Google will directly help the Chinese government in arresting or imprisoning people simply to express their views on the Internet, thus making the company an accomplice in human rights violations. This risk was identified by Google's security and privacy review team, according to former and current Google employees. Despite attempts to minimize internal scrutiny, the Dragonfly assessment team concluded that Google "will be expected to function in China as part of the authoritative system of policing and oversight of the ruling Communist Party," according to a media report.
It was Google's management, engineered by engineering, who changed his mind about entering the Chinese market a decade ago. Then, she withdrew from linking Google's future with that of the Chinese state for surveillance. It was courage and a deep understanding of the power and responsibility that the company's team is wearing when using its technology. We hope their CEO will show similar courage tomorrow when he is clean for the Dragonfly Project to the Judiciary Committee, not hiding behind obscure descriptions and promises made to the public, but broken into secrecy.