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Old 02-17-2006, 10:38 PM   #1

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Default Google rejects subpoena of data

Today Google formally rejected the subpoena of data by the United States Justice Department. Google said giving the data would violate the privacy of users' Web searches and its trade secrets.

The Justice Department is trying to obtain the data to use to try to help in their appeal of a Supreme Court injunction of a law to penalize Web site operators.

Others, including Microsoft and Yahoo have turned over the data requested by the government.

Google has said the government request is impractical, and that the data request is irrelevant. They also said it would take a week of engineer time to complete and put an undue burden on the company.

Google has also said that to comply with what the U.S. government wants would force Google to reveal how its Web search technology works, and they consider that a trade secret.

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Old 02-18-2006, 06:23 PM   #2

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Google had a 25-page response to the subpoena from the United States Justice Department. They didn't hold back in their honest thoughts about this.

Here is a link to a condensed 1-page Google summary. There is a link to the long version in this summary in case you want to do some heavy reading.

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Old 02-19-2006, 06:54 AM   #3

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Regardless of the merits of the request and regardless of whether or not Google will still divulge personal data to third parties in less public agreements, this is definitely clever on Google's behalf.

With so many Google watchers concerned these days about the company's seemingly insatiable thirst for personal data about its users, acting like guardians of this information in a high-profile case is going to serve them well from a public relations perspective. Very well done, G.

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Old 03-16-2006, 11:07 PM   #4
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Default I think they have to comply with Gov.

and instead of fighting in courts, Google should have removed those results which started all this issue with Bush administration.

Did you ever try to Search "Failure" or "Miserable" in the Google?

Don't forget to see "Why These Results" by google on the right side of results page.
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Old 03-16-2006, 11:25 PM   #5

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Default Boost for Google in internet privacy case

Welcome to Geek/Talk, Sara_Samsara.

Many of those who support privacy are saying that Google has won some type of a victory when it looked as if a United States district court was seeing things much the same way as Google.

The government wanted data on billions of search request, and a district judge said he was concerned about privacy, just as Google is, and didn't want it to look as if the government could keep track of people making internet searches.

The judge gave the impression he would ask Google to turn over some records but it would be only a very small percentage of what was requested.

Prior to the comments by the judge, the Justice Department greatly reduced the requested amount of random samplings it wanted.

Here is an article with more details http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1731940,00.html

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Old 03-18-2006, 04:20 AM   #6

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Default Google wins ruling

A federal judge has ruled that Google doesn't have to turn over customer search queries to the United States Justice Department. Google will be required to turn over 50,000 Web addresses from its index, which isn't really a big deal.

Google was able to prevent the government from having access to customer search records, and that is a big deal because Google didn't want to turn over customer data or search terms.

Google and the U.S. Justice Department will work out a way to select 50,000 Web addresses at random in a manner that won't force Google to disclose any confidential information.

This will give the public the impression that Google will fight to protect the privacy of its users and that view is one that is beneficial to Google.

This article has the complete details http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news...fys&refer=home
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