Google's Sundar Pichai was grilled on privacy, data collection, and China during congressional hearing
Google's CEO testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday where lawmakers grilled him on a wide range of issues, including potential political bias on its platforms, its plans for a censored search app in China and its privacy practices.
This is the first time Pichai has appeared before Congress since Google declined to send him or Alphabet CEO Larry Page to a hearing on foreign election meddling earlier this year. That slight sparked anger among senators who portrayed Google as trying to skirt scrutiny.
[...] Tuesday's hearing was titled "Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use, and Filtering Practices" and many representatives posed questions on whether or not Google's search results were biased against conservative points of view.
[...] Another topic that came up multiple times was Google's plan to launch a censored search engine in China. The Intercept first reported details of the project over the summer, which would block search results for queries that the Chinese government deemed sensitive, like "human rights" and "student protest" and link users' searches to their personal phone numbers. [...] "Right now, we have no plans to launch search in China," Pichai answered, adding that access to information is "an important human right."
Also at Bloomberg and The Hill.
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(Score: 5, Funny) by PartTimeZombie on Wednesday December 12 2018, @08:27PM (3 children)
That's true. Every time I go to the toilet Google sends a trans person in to stare at me while I pee, which is very off putting.
The real problem of course is the Gay Atheist Ninjas who keep trying to kill me all the time. Google sends those too, and while the sandbags help, I'm running low on ammo.
It's really hard being a white man lately.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 12 2018, @09:05PM (2 children)
Funny, the same things keep happening to me as well. Does this mean I must be a conservative?
(Score: 3, Interesting) by PartTimeZombie on Wednesday December 12 2018, @11:25PM (1 child)
Do you get really, really angry at the thought that a trans-gender person might be able to choose where they go to the toilet, even though you have never actually met a trans-gender person?
If you do, you might be a conservative.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 13 2018, @04:56AM
I'm angry at my biology teacher for lying to me.