Google co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged that the dominant Internet company had compromised its principles by accommodating Chinese censorship demands, an Associated Press report said.
The report quoted the executive as saying that Google had agreed to the censorship demands only after Chinese authorities blocked its service in that country.
Google's rivals accommodated the same demands, which Brin described as "a set of rules that we weren't comfortable with," without international criticism.
Google had battled the US Justice Department in court seeking to limit the amount of information the government could get about users' Internet searches, the report said.
Google also said it had not participated in any programs with the National Security Agency to collect Internet communications without warrants, the report further said.