Judge rules Google must turn over search records

Posted on Wednesday, Mar 15 2006 @ 22:20 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
A federal judge said yesterday that Google needs to hand over thousands of search records to the Department of Justice. The department plans to use this information to prove that filtering software is ineffective at limiting children's access to adult content.
The Mountain View, Calif., Internet company argued in federal court last month that the government's request could undermine public trust in the privacy of Google's service and expose its trade secrets.

But at a hearing in San Jose yesterday, U.S. District Judge James Ware said the government's narrower request for data -- 50,000 Web sites and 5,000 search queries instead of its original request for a week's worth of queries and a random sample of 1 million Web sites -- would impose less of a burden on the search firm.
More info over at Washington Post.


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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