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5:22 am on Sep 24, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Google Suppresses Memo Revealing Plans to Closely Track Search Users in China [theintercept.com]

The Dragonfly memo reveals that a prototype of the censored search engine was being developed as an app for both Android and iOS devices, and would force users to sign in so they could use the service. The memo confirms, as The Intercept first reported last week, that users’ searches would be associated with their personal phone number. The memo adds that Chinese users’ movements would also be stored, along with the IP address of their device and links they clicked on. It accuses developers working on the project of creating “spying tools” for the Chinese government to monitor its citizens.

People’s search histories, location information, and other private data would be sent out of China to a database in Taiwan, the memo states. But the data would also be provided to employees of a Chinese company who would be granted “unilateral access” to the system.
5:29 am on Sept 24, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Pardon my cynicism but isn't that what Google does to users everywhere else?
9:58 am on Sept 24, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Yes..But it is only "Google do evil", when they do it in China..
11:44 am on Sept 24, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Part of the price to play in China: your moral compass. When was this for sale?
4:11 pm on Sept 24, 2018 (gmt 0)

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isn't that what Google does to users everywhere else?
Do they now force users to sign in before they're able to search at all? Funny, I did a Google search just yesterday and I didn't notice.
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I think keyplr means when using android, you are always "signed in"..like it or not..
4:22 pm on Sept 24, 2018 (gmt 0)

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@lucy24
Do they now force users to sign in before they're able to search at all?

According to this post, it would seem that Google signs you in without asking, which comes pretty close...
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