Computer Manufacturers in China Pre-installing Spyware

Wu Weilin
Epoch Times
Tuesday, July 28, 2009

At the end of June, the Chinese regime announced it would delay the requirement that all computers sold in the country carry a specific software known as “Green Dam,” which serves as spyware to aide them in their censorship endeavors. This came with strong opposition from business groups and Chinese computer users.

But recently, some famous computer makers including Acer, Lenovo, Sony and Asus have already started shipping computers with the pre-installed Green Dam monitoring software per request of the Chinese regime.

According to the English version of the state-run China Daily on July 22, Wu Shaodong, a sales representative in Beijing for Acer Inc., said that the Green Dam monitoring software will be pre-installed on all PCs participating in their August promotion targeting students and their parents.

Acer company spokeswoman Meng Lei said that the company began installing the Green Dam spyware on PCs as early as in July, following orders from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China.

The Lenovo Group, China’s top and world’s fourth largest computer manufacturer, also installed Green Dam in its latest Thinkpad laptops. The company spokesman said users could choose to activate the software or not. “We pre-install the software according to the law,” he added.

The Sony Corp. started pre-installing Green Dam in June. But Sony said they have stopped doing so.

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