Google China Case Study

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Ethical and Legal Issues in Information Security
The rapid development and strong China economy have left many technology companies, including Google, have to stoop to set foot on this fertile filled land. Google China was founded in 2005 and Google.cn and went live on Jan. 27, 2006.During four years of operation here, Google has provided services with its version of self-censorship in compliance with the so-call “Internet sovereignty” policy of the China government. Although doing business in China with more limited and obstacles than the company’s initial activity criterion, Google’s leaders still appeared to be determined and justified to bring useful tools for millions of China Internet users with the right to access information. But cyber-attacks
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Instead of keeping comply with China government’s requests to filter search results, on March 22, 2010, Google redirected all search traffic from the China domain into Google.com.hk, which located in Hong Kong to avoid censorship. This move caused the China officials outraged, and they decided to punish the internet giant. Within two months, Google services had become inaccessible to most people within China territory. Finally, Google must officially have declared its China operations shut down and flee from the China Internet market after the discovery of a large-scale cyber-attack targeted Google and dozens of other companies coming from inside the country. The investigation process had shown that the Gmail accounts of several human rights activists in China had been hacked. When Google closed its search service in China in 2010, many of the world netizens had thought that the company must abandon its ambitions to conquer one of the world 's largest market. The incident became a lesson learned for the all the foreign companies who want to do businesses in China, that they have no choice but abide by its laws, of which the most notable is the problem with freedom of speech and humans’ rights. Even an internet giant from the superpower United States, which uphold the right to freedom …show more content…
Would Google still take action against the U.S government’s mandate, or will comply as it used to do with China dictatorship and still justifiable as its senior policy counsel Andrew McLaughlin’s statement, “While removing search results is inconsistent with Google’s mission, providing no information (or a heavily degraded user experience that amounts to no information) is more inconsistent with our mission,” when the giant entered the China market? (Oliver & Shinal, 2006). If this “what if” scenario become reality, would it be a double standard for either Google or any other companies and the U.S government itself? The answers are simple and straightforward, that is, if Google chose to bend and comply with America dictatorship, the company is in fact completely abandoning its own “Don’t Be Evil” corporate motto, which maybe then become “Be Done Evil”, this situation could be extended to other Corporation as well. On the other side, the U.S government would be violating a lot of its own laws and its constitution. The First Amendment to the U.S Constitution, which protect freedom of expression would be violated for a start, follows by the Fourth Amendment, which protects the right of the people against unreasonable searches and seizures. The list goes on with the violations of the

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