Thursday, January 19, 2006


What Fourth Amendment?

Bush Administration wants Google records of searches

The Bush administration on Wednesday asked a federal judge to order Google to turn over a broad range of material from its closely guarded databases. 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. [...] 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 1 million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period. The Mountain View-based search and advertising giant opposes releasing the information on a variety of grounds, saying it would violate the privacy rights of its users and reveal company trade secrets, according to court documents.
The most shameful aspect of this story is that "The government indicated that other, unspecified search engines have agreed to release the information." The next time you need to find some information on the Internets, which search engine will you use?
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