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US lawmakers bat for Google

world Updated: Jan 14, 2010 07:57 IST

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Several US lawmakers on Thursday came out in support of internet search engine giant Google and condemned China for trying to breach into the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.

Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, commended Google for taking action in response to cyber attacks originating from China targeting Chinese human rights advocates, and the intellectual property and corporate data of Google and more than 30 other companies.

Citing assaults from hackers on its computer systems and China's attempts to "limit free speech on the Web", Google in a statement said on Tuesday it would stop cooperating with Chinese Internet censorship and consider shutting down its operations in China.

"The announcement that Google will fully review its business operations in China and will no longer tolerate censorship of its search engine should serve as an example to businesses and governments," Pelosi said.

"The Chinese government operates one of the most sophisticated operations in the world to control the Internet.

It is essential that technology companies not assist in efforts that violate human rights or prohibit the free exchange of ideas," she said.