China Protests Google’s Website Security Certificate Decision

A Chinese Internet agency has protested Google Inc.’s decision to reject its website safety verification system, renewing the squabble between the technological giant and the Chinese government.

China Internet Network Information Center said on its website Thursday that Google’s decision was “difficult to understand and accept,” and urged the U.S. company to fully “consider the rights of users.” CNNIC also said it would ensure its existing users aren’t affected.

Google yesterday said it would no longer recognize security certificates, which are used to protect Internet browsers from scams and fraudulent websites, issued by the Chinese agency, after it found CNNIC had issued an intermediate certificate to an Egyptian company, which shouldn’t hold it.

Google in 2010 moved some of its services, including its search engine, outside the country to protest against Chinese government’s censorship.

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