Date
25 September 2017
China is said to have blocked access to online storage service Dropbox, but there has been no official word from Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg
China is said to have blocked access to online storage service Dropbox, but there has been no official word from Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg

China cuts access to cloud storage service Dropbox

Chinese authorities on Wednesday blocked access to online storage service Dropbox, international technology websites reported, pointing to another move by Beijing to restrict the flow of sensitive information from the mainland.

Censorship watchdog group GreatFire.org reported the blocking on Thursday, stating that access had been cut to dropbox.com and to the company’s apps, PCWorld portal said.

China had previously tried blocking Dropbox as far back as 2010. But in early 2014, the San Francisco-based firm Dropbox updated its app to use the HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) communications protocol, helping it bypass the country’s censorship.

Now, authorities have begun cutting access to Dropbox’s HTTPS address, banning the company’s services completely in what GreatFire.org said was the “strictest method of blocking.”

Chinese internet giants such as Baidu are offering cloud storage services similar to those of Dropbox. Some analysts have speculated that cutting the access to Dropbox could be aimed at boosting the prospects of domestic players.

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