Google must hand over some search data

Posted on Sunday, Mar 19 2006 @ 21:53 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
A judge ruled Google must hand over some data on sites in its search engine to the US government.
Maintaining that the case raises 'vital interests,' US District Judge James Ware issued a 21-page ruling Friday that ordered the California-based search engine to hand over data on a limited number of sites.

But he rejected the Justice Department's attempt to obtain more sensitive data that might disclose the online search habits of web users, noting that that could spark a possible 'loss of good will' among its users.

Federal prosecutors sought the information as ammunition in a legal fight to revive an overturned 1998 statute making it a crime for websites to allow minors access to adult material online such as pornography.
More info at Forbes.


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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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