Major Internet Companies Sign Pact on Search Service
BEIJING, Nov 02, 2012 (Menafn - SinoCast Daily Business Beat via COMTEX) --The Internet Society of China (ISC) called 12 companies together to sign a pact on search service.
These companies include Baidu.com, Inc. BIDU, Qihoo 360 Technology Co., Ltd QIHU, Sohu.com Inc. SOHU, Tencent Holdings Ltd (sehk:0700) and so on. The seventh clause of the pact specifies that these companies shall abide by international industry practices and business rules, and shall observe robots.txt.
The pact also stipulates that the contents that infringe upon robots.txt but are obtained before the release of the pact shall be deleted or disconnected with the infringing links upon the reception of the obligee's notice issued in conformity with law. Search engine service providers have the obligation to protect user privacy and information safety for individuals.
An industry insider stated that the signing of the pact was a result of the upper management's mediation for the long-term disputes over robots.txt occurred between Baidu and Qihoo 360. However, Qihoo 360 insisted that it had violated neither international conventions nor robots.txt even after the signing of such pact.
Source: www.163.com (November 02, 2012)
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