Google Does not Turn
Over Data But Yahoo Microsoft and AOL Did - to the Justice Department
The U.S. Justice Departments filed papers with the U.S. District Court
in San Jose stating that Google had refused to comply with a subpoena
issued last year for one million random Web addresses. The information
was to include addresses from Google’s database as well as records of
all searches entered on Google during any one-week period.
Privacy rights groups have complained about the governments attempt to
have Google turn over such a broad range of materials. Some fear it
could set a dangerous precedent.
Other search engines have already complied with the Justice Department,
including Yahoo, America Online (AOL) and Microsoft. The Attorney
General Alberto Gonzales says the subpoena does not violate privacy
According to Gonzales "We're not asking for the identity of Americans.
We simply want to have some subject matter information with respect to
these communications. This is important for the Department of Justice
and we will pursue this matter."
According to the Justice Department the information will be used to
prepare its case to revive the
Chile Online Protection Act
(COPA). The Supreme Court found the act to be unconstitutional two
years ago and blocked it from taking effect. According to epic.org the
Court found that the government did not show that there are no "less
restrictive alternatives" to COPA, and that "there is a potential for
extraordinary harm and a serious chill upon protected speech" if the law
goes into effect.
Google has objected to the breadth of the government’s request. The
company does not consider it a privacy issue since they are not asking
for personal identifiable details.
Reuters reports that Chris Jay Hoofnagle of the Electronic Privacy
Information Center asks “If Google hands over the search logs and the
Justice Department finds search strings like 'child porn' or 'naked
children,' could they not then go back and ask Google for the user's
Search Engine Watch founder Danny Sullivan said in a posting on his
site, "Such a move absolutely should breed some paranoia. They didn't
ask for data this time, but next time, they might."
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