US enterprise networking giant Cisco has been accused of helping the Chinese government in web censorship and surveillance in a lawsuit filed by a group of Chinese political prisoners.
The company has been accused of helping the Chinese government in the Golden Shield Project which formed the Great Firewall of China.
The lawsuit was filed by US based law firm Ward & Ward, on behalf of three Chinese political prisoners Du Daobin, Zhou Yuanzhi, Liu Xianbin and is being funded by human resource organisation Laogai Research Foundation.
Cisco has been accused of not only providing the technical equipment like routers for the Golden Shield Project, but also provided the technology and the necessary training which was designed to monitor and suppress Chinese people.
"Cisco does not supply equipment to China that is customised in any way to facilitate blocking of access or surveillance of users," the company said in a blog post.
"Equipment supplied to China is the same equipment we provide worldwide, which includes industry-standard network management capabilities which are the same as those used by public libraries in the US that allow them to block inappropriate content for children,” it added.
This is the second such lawsuit filed against the company. Earlier, it was sued for helping the Chinese government in tracking down members of the Falun Gong movement.