PC makers to offer China Internet filter

by prashanth on August 28, 2009 · 0 comments

in PC security,internet

Several PC makers said on Friday they were voluntarily including China’s controversial Internet filter software in new shipments despite Beijing’s decision to postpone making it mandatory.
The government had been set to introduce the Chinese-made filtering programme — called the “Green Dam Youth Escort” — but announced the delay hours before its implementation on July 1.
However, customer service staff at PC makers including Taiwan’s Acer Inc and China’s Haier Group, said they were installing or packaging the software with new PCs, adding it was easy to uninstall.
“You will find it with our PCs, as the state has requested. But… you can easily find a patch on the Internet to uninstall it,” one of Acer’s service staff said.
Beijing has said the software was aimed at filtering out pornography, but computer experts found it was also programmed to suppress politically sensitive material, prompting criticism at home and abroad.
Lenovo, China’s biggest computer maker, did not immediately reply to questions on the Green Dam, but the official English-language China Daily newspaper said it was included in the firm’s PCs.
A Tokyo-based spokeswoman of Sony said the programme is on its China-made computers to “click on and install” if the customers wanted it.
“We have distributed it with our personal computers as a set-up file in the hard drive software,” she said.
“The users can choose whether to activate the software or not. So it’s up to the customers to choose whether to install it or not. But it’s already on the hard disk.”

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