Thursday, January 19, 2006

US DOJ has subpoenaed Google's search records

The US Government is seeking to enforce a subpoena served on Google for a huge bit of the search giant's database. From the Mercury News: 01/18/2006 Feds want Google search records:

"The move is part of a government effort to revive an Internet child protection law struck down two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court. The law was meant to punish online pornography sites that make their content accessible to minors. The government contends it needs the Google data to determine how often pornography shows up in online searches.

In court papers filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Justice Department lawyers revealed that Google has refused to comply with a subpoena issued last year for the records, which include a request for one million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period."

Google didn't comply when the subpoena was issued in the first instance and is challenging the request in court on the grounds that it is invasive of privacy and would reveal trade secrets.

Thanks, Boing Boing: Boing Boing: DoJ demands user search records from Google.

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