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.More info at Forbes.
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.
Google must hand over some search data
Posted on Sunday, Mar 19 2006 @ 21:53 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck