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January 19, 2006

Digging Into Google Rights, Law

The Justice Department has subpoenaed Google to turn over a database of all search queries entered by Google users in June and July of 2005. Justice claims the data is needed as part of an investigation into online porn.

Maybe. Or maybe they're trying to establish the precedent.

What's unknown is how much data Google actually retains. Their web servers know the network address of each computer making a query. If the person making the query is logged into Google mail, they can access the person's identity as well. They know what site the person came from to reach Google's site, and they may know what link the person clicked in the search results. If Google preserves that data — well, I don't know about you, but I don't want the government to have that kind of window into my activities online.

Google, to their credit, is fighting the subpoena.

Posted by Jonathan at January 19, 2006 05:40 PM  del.icio.us digg NewsVine Reddit YahooMyWeb