January 19, 2006

White House Asking for Web addresses and records of Google searches

The caption definitely got my attention and will no doubt be used as a model case for those battling privacy laws and the abuse of the privacy of web users... it read "White House Seeks Google Records". A scenario long feared by privacy advocates over Google's voluminous storage of millions of pieces of information on user searches arose as Department of Justice lawyers asked a federal court to compel Google's cooperation with their requests. According to an article at Webpronews,  Google has not complied with a year-old subpoena that asked for "one million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period." Google refused the request, citing privacy concerns and the exposure of Google trade secrets in fulfilling the request... OUCH! See http://www.webpronews.com/insiderreports/searchinsider/wpn-49-20060119WhiteHouseSeeksGoogleRecords.html

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