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Global Corporate Social Responsibility vs. Local Legal Compliance: A Case of Internet Censorship in China  
Product Ref: 06/292C Company: N/A

Product Type: Case Industry: Public Policy & Strategy
Software & Services

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In mid-February 2006, Christopher Smith, a US Republican Congressman, proposed the Global Online Freedom Act, a draft legislation that would prohibit US-listed internet companies to comply with the demands of internet censorship and the need to disclose personal information of users imposed by the People's Republic of China. These US-listed internet companies included hardware and software vendors, and search services providers that had enabled hundreds of million businesses and users to operate on the internet. The bill was introduced following a congressional hearing at Washington DC in February 2006, after a number of American internet companies were found to be participating in the repression of human rights in China. This case looks at the dilemma facing multinational firms: complying with local laws while at the same time trying to be socially responsible.
Functional Area : Social Enterprises & Ethics

Issues: Global Online Freedom Act; US internet firms setting up servers in China
Length: Text: 4 pages
Exhibits: 0 pages
Country: China (People's Rep. of)

Pub. Year: 2006 Level of Difficulty: 1
This product type is available in the following language(s):      English
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