The search engine giant Google has begun diverting its Kazakhstan traffic through its main portal, google.com, instead of its Kazakh website, google.kz.
The company said the move was necessitated by the requirement of the Kazakh government for all companies using the Kazakhstan Internet domain (.kz) to route their traffic through servers in Kazakhstan.
Google usually routes searches through the server that will handle them fastest.
Google expressed concern at the Kazakh authorities' requirement, which, it said in a blog posting
, "raises important questions for us not only about network efficiency but also about user privacy and free expression."
compiled from agency reports