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Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China, which reportedly left users ‘ searches to their personal phone numbers, therefore, is to make it easier for the Chinese government to monitor the citizens of queries.

The app on the basis of the project, code-named Dragonfly, would also remove content deemed sensitive by China’s authoritarian Communist y regime, including information about the freedom of expression, dissidents, peaceful protest and the rights of man, the Intercept reported.

Previously unknown details about the Dragonfly included a censorship black list, allegedly compiled by Google that terms such as “student protest” and the “Nobel prize” in Mandarin.

Human rights organisations have criticised Dragonfly and seven engineers resigned in protest over the lack of accountability and transparency for the controversial project.

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“This is very problematic from a privacy perspective, because it allows much more detailed tracking and profiling the behavior of people,” Cynthia Wong, senior internet researcher at Human Rights Watch, said The Intercept. “The linking of searches for a phone number, is it much harder for people to avoid the type of overreaching government surveillance that is ubiquitous in China.”

Fox News reached out to Google for comment and received the following statement from a spokesperson Sunday:

“We have invested for many years to help Chinese users, the development of Android, mobile apps, such as Google Translate and Files, and our tools for developers. But our work looking is exploratory, and we are not in the vicinity of the launch of a product search in China.”

Back in August, more than a dozen human rights groups sent Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai a letter to him, asking him to explain how Google was protecting Chinese users of censorship and surveillance.

The search giant told Fox News at the time that this is “an investment for many years to help Chinese users, the development of Android, mobile apps, such as Google Translate and Files, and our tools for developers. But our work looking is exploratory, and we are not in the vicinity of the launch of a product search in China.”

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In 2010, Google announced exit China, indicating the Communist country’s censorship tactics as the reason for his decision.

However, Pichai has said that he wanted the world’s most-used search engine in China, where 800 million Internet users.

Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia, contributed to this report.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for FoxNews.com. He can be reached at christopher.carbone@foxnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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