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Feds After Google?


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#1 yano

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 11:55 AM

http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/19/1332207

U.S. Government Wants Google Search Records
"According to the San Jose Mercury News, The Bush administration wants access to Google's huge database of search queries submitted by users to track how often pornography is returned in results. This information would be used for Bush's appeal of the 2004 COPA law, targeted to prevent access to pornography by children. The law was struck down because it would have restricted adults access to legal pornography. Google is promising to fight the release of this information." From the article: "The Supreme Court invited the government to either come up with a less drastic version of the law or go to trial to prove that the statute does not violate the First Amendment and is the only viable way to combat child porn. As a result, government lawyers said in court papers they are developing a defense of the 1998 law based on the argument that it is far more effective than software filters in protecting children from porn."
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/13657303.htm


Looks like the feds are just trying to use an old excuse for new data.

What is more scarry:

http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/20/018211

DoJ search requests: Yahoo, AOL, MSN said "Yes"
"Elaborating on a previous article on Slashdot, it appears that the search engines which complied for Department of Justice requests for logs were apparently AOL, MSN, and Yahoo. According to the article, Justice is not requesting this data in the course of a criminal investigation, but in order to defend its argument that the Child Online Protection Act is constitutionally sound."
http://www.boingboing.net/2006/01/19/_doj_...h_requests.html


I think Google is making the right decision. What we Google for or search for shouldn't be given to anyone at all.

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 05:09 PM

See the discussion, Yano, in the SpeakEasy.

Scary is precisely the right way to feel about allowing the government---even for supposedly the best of reasons---access to such data; next time, they will ask for more personally identifiable information for whatever purpose suits them. We simply have to stand up for the privacy of citizens, or we will loose it.
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Posted 21 January 2006 - 01:44 AM

What in blazes are these people thinking?!!! Our forefathers shed blood to achieve these freedoms for this country, and now our government is systematically trying to take it away. If they were to get away with this it would set a precedent for further errosion of our civil liberties. It's kind of scarey when you stop and wonder how much is going on that we're not aware of. My hat is off to Google for having the fortitude to tell the government no, this the type of precedent that I'm in favor of.

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