Monday, February 13, 2006

Bill would keep servers out of China

USAToday reported Free-speech advocates have blasted Google and other Internet companies for bowing to China's demands that they censor or fork over information the communist government deemed objectionable. Now, Congress is stepping in with proposed legislation that could hobble the companies as they plunge deeper into one of the world's hottest economies.
Trust Congress to step in and make things worse.
This is Round 2 for Congress. Last year, it scrutinized and slowed other business deals with ties to China's government among oil companies and computer makers. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., is drafting a bill that would force Internet companies including Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to keep vital computer servers out of China and other nations the State Department deems repressive to human rights.
That is stupid. It just means that China will build their own servers or buy them from other countries.
Moving servers would keep personal data they house from government reach. But that also could weaken the firms' crucial Internet search engines.


Greta (Hooah Wife) said...

Curious what you think about this. Are we wanting to control free trade?

Don Singleton said...

Actually it seems to me even worse than controlling free trade. It is an effort to prevent American Companies from participating in Free Trade because we don't like what they buyer will do with what they buy, when they can buy it from someone else and do exactly what they want.