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Google China Efforts Excluded Privacy and Security Teams

Managers of Google’s effort to bring a version of its search engine to China shut out the company’s security and privacy teams from meetings about the project, according to a new report from The Intercept. Members of those teams told The Intercept they weren’t invited to meetings to discuss their concerns about the plan, which involved a version of Google’s search engine that would be modified to comply with the country’s censorship laws. The teams had previously produced a detailed privacy report on China. Google denied that it cut corners on privacy reviews in a statement to CNBC and Heather Adkins, director of security and privacy, said on Twitter that the story “does not represent my experience.” But the story still raises further questions about how Google balances privacy concerns with profits. It could also intensify the scrutiny CEO Sundar Pichai is expected to face next week when he testifies on Capitol Hill.

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