A US senator called Dick Durbin has penned a missive to 30 IT and comms companies asking about their human rights practices in China.

Dick DurbinDurbin said: "“I commend Google for coming to the conclusion that cooperating with the ‘Great Firewall’ of China is inconsistent with their human rights responsibilities,” Durbin said. “Google sets a strong example in standing up to the Chinese government’s continued failure to respect the fundamental human rights of free expression and privacy. I look forward to learning more about whether other American companies are willing to follow Google’s lead."

Last year he sent the letter to Apple, AT&T, Cisco, Dell, eBay, Facebook, HP, McAfee, News Corp, Nokia, Nokia Siemens, Siemens, Skype, Sprint Nextel, Verizon, Vodafone,  and Websense.

He said that companies that partially responded to Durbin’s previous letter included  Fortinet, Lenovo, Motorola. Companies that didn't bother replying to his letter last year were Acer, Juniper, Toshiba, Twitter

He didn't bother to send the letter last year to Amazon, IAC, IBM, Oracle, RIM, and SAP. He completely forgot that a very large company called Intel does considerable business in China. And of course quite a few of the companies he asked last year aren't American companies.

Intel makes microprocessors, dubbed by some as the "brain of the computer". Intel is a very American company.

We asked an Intel representative what its view on human right practices and censorship were, following a report released by the IFJ. We asked whether the Intel Corporation has a view on censorship and insists INTC China behaves according to US norms.

A representative told TechEye: "I'm pretty sure we don't have a position".