Clever, Clever Google – Google Moves Data out of China

March 4, 2006

Topics: Google, Privacy.

In a very sensible preventative move, Google has moved the storage of search data on Google China to the United States. This change neatly prevents China from requesting access to the data, since it is no longer under their jurisdiction.

Although Google has not yet begun to offer Gmail or Blogger services in China, due to fears about being required to
hand data over to the government
, this may act as a path to begin providing these
services.

Of course, as
Nathan Weinberg notes at Inside Google
, this doesn’t solve their problems with the United States government. Perhaps they should move their US data into China!

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