SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Bush administration, seeking to revive an online pornography law struck down by the
U.S. Supreme Court, has subpoenaed Google Inc. for details on what its users have been looking for through its popular search engine.
Google has refused to comply with the subpoena, issued last year, for a broad range of material from its databases, including a request for 1 million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period, lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department said in papers filed Wednesday in federal court in San Jose.
Privacy advocates have been increasingly scrutinizing Google's practices as the company expands its offerings to include e-mail, driving directions, photo-sharing, instant messaging and Web journals.
The government contends it needs the data to determine how often pornography shows up in online searches as part of an effort to revive an Internet child protection law that was struck down two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court on free-speech grounds.
The 1998 Child Online Protection Act would have required adults to use access codes or other ways of registering before they could see objectionable material online, and it would have punished violators with fines up to $50,000 or jail time. The high court ruled that technology such as filtering software may better protect children.
The matter is now before a federal court in Pennsylvania, and the government wants the Google data to help argue that the law is more effective than software in protecting children from porn.
The Mountain View-based company told The San Jose Mercury News that it opposes releasing the information because it would violate the privacy rights of its users and would reveal company trade secrets.
Nicole Wong, an associate general counsel for Google, said the company will fight the government's efforts "vigorously."
"Google is not a party to this lawsuit, and the demand for the information is overreaching," Wong said.
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That's such a joke, the Bush admin is looking for just another "diversion' to get heat off themselves for all their other screw-ups. From Iraq to all the scandals, it's another pass the buck or "divert the publics' attention" - they're experts at it. It's the "DC two step", jump to another topic to divert scrutiny on themselves. It's like catching Bush lighting a fire in an apartment building and him telling you "look it's a UFO" Total SPIN!!! (Harry, we REALLY NEED A RANT SECTION)
Back on topic, I respect the office of the president - but NOT when this president is running us into the ground. You have to travel alot to hear what people think of Americans and you'ld know what I'm refering to. People think of us as "dumbfuck hillbillies" because we voted this IDIOT in. We appear as greedy, careless, fat, give a s$%t people who are driven by the almighty buck.
They're (Bush administration) to worried about filling their wallets. You watch, they're going to push the tax on internet purchases before he's done, mark my words... this is just the tip of the "grand plan".
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haha I only wonder what they will think of next. Well, no, not 'think'. I forgot that would be a little difficult for the administration to do. I wonder what they will 'say and do' next! They need to go ballistic with 'shock and awe' on ricers. haha
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Bush is just jealous because all his porn is "kiddy porn"... He's got the CIA, FBI and others looking for him. And we KNOW Cheney is hooked up, why do you think he's always at some "undisclosed location"? Probably explains all his heart attacks...