Menu
Menu
Google says China has renewed its content provider license

Google says China has renewed its content provider license

The license allows Google to operate its China-based site Google.cn

The Chinese government has renewed Google's Internet Content Provider (ICP) license, a company spokesman said, giving the company another year to operate its local website in the country.

The company's license, which allows the search giant to operate its China-based site Google.cn, must be reviewed annually. Last year, the company's license renewal appeared to be in doubt after Google decided months earlier it would no longer censor its search engine results in the country. The move angered Chinese officials, but in July, authorities decided to still renew the license.

Google, however, has significantly reduced its services in the country after declaring it would stop censoring search results. Google.cn no longer operates as a search engine, but instead provides a link to Google.com.hk, the company's unfiltered search engine for Hong Kong users. Google search results, however, are still filtered in China through the government's own censorship systems.

Since then Google has seen its share of the search market drop to 8 percent of all Internet queries, according to CNZZ.com, an analytical web research site. Domestic search engine giant Baidu has an 80 percent share.

In the run-up to the ICP license approval, Chinese authorities found plenty to dislike about Google, apparently blocking access to Gmail in March and to Google Plus when Google introduced the social networking feature in June.

Join the CIO Australia group on LinkedIn. The group is open to CIOs, IT Directors, COOs, CTOs and senior IT managers.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Googleregulationgovernmentinternetsearch engines

More about Google

Show Comments

Market Place

Computerworld
ARN
Techworld
CMO