Google Shut Out Privacy and Security Teams From Secret China Project

Found on The Intercept on Friday, 30 November 2018
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The objective, code-named Dragonfly, was to build a search engine for China that would censor broad categories of information about human rights, democracy, and peaceful protest.

Beaumont and other executives then shut out members of the company’s security and privacy team from key meetings about the search engine, the four people said, and tried to sideline a privacy review of the plan that sought to address potential human rights abuses.

Google’s leadership considered Dragonfly so sensitive that they would often communicate only verbally about it and would not take written notes during high-level meetings to reduce the paper trail, two sources said.

If Dragonfly goes live, Google will be directly responsible for dissidents getting jailed and their possible deaths.