Feds want Google Data; Google says “No”

Silicon Valley:

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. 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.

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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.

Nicole Wong, an associate general counsel for Google, said the company will fight the government’s effort “vigorously.”

You know it’s bad when the government is playing the child porn card to get at this data. Here’s the real test of Google’s evilness – how long will they stand their ground against the Feds, how much will they be willing to compromise From the same article… other search engines were perfectly willing to hand over the info. So, bravo Google for what you’ve done so far.

I feel like I’m not properly communicating the ginormity of this… but suffice to say that the potential consequences are huge and far reaching; it’s one to pay close attention to.

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