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Google starts encrypting searches in China to protect users

Monday, 17th March 2014

In China,the government sensors the internet on a national level. Web browsing and social media habits are monitored by a system that attempts to stop people finding out about or sharing information on sensitive subjects

Google has started encrypting searches made by people in China to prevent government censors from detecting sensitive search terms.

This means government monitors will be unable to detect when users search for sensitive terms – such as "Tiananmen Square"; "Dalai Lama"; "Falun Gong"; "democracy"; "human rights"; or "free Tibet" – because the encryption makes them appear as indecipherable character strings.

Google says this move is part of its global agenda to to thwart surveillance by government intelligence agencies, police and hackers.