I thought this as a joke when I was first told of it.
But now I think that these guys are just trolling.
They actually want google to hand over their search results.
What do you guys think?
BUSH LAWYERS ASK JUDGE TO MAKE GOOGLE HAND OVER DATA; GOOGLE PROMISES A FIGHT
By Howard Mintz
The Bush administration on Wednesday asked a federal judge to order Google to turn over a broad range of material from its closely guarded databases.
The move is part of a government effort to revive an Internet child protection law struck down two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court. The law was meant to punish online pornography sites that make their content accessible to minors. The government contends it needs the Google data to determine how often pornography shows up in online searches.
In court papers filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Justice Department lawyers revealed that Google has refused to comply with a subpoena issued last year for the records, which include a request for one million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period.
The Mountain View-based search engine opposes releasing the information on a variety of grounds, saying it would violate the privacy rights of its users and reveal company trade secrets, according to court documents.
Nicole Wong, an associate general counsel for Google, said the company will fight the government's effort ``vigorously.''
``Google is not a party to this lawsuit, and the demand for the information is overreaching,'' Wong said.
The government argues that it needs the information as it prepares to once again defend the constitutionality of the Child Online Protection Act in a federal court in Pennsylvania. The law was struck down in 2004 because it was too broad and could prevent adults from accessing legal porn sites.
However, 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. To back that claim, the government has subpoenaed search engines to develop a factual record of how often Web users encounter online porn and how Web searches turn up material they say is ``harmful to minors.''
The government indicated that other, unspecified search engines have agreed to release the information, but not Google.
``The production of those materials would be of significant assistance to the government's preparation of its defense of the constitutionality of this important statute,'' government lawyers wrote, noting that Google is the largest search engine.
Google has the largest share of Web searches with 46 percent, according to November 2005 figures from Nielsen/NetRatings. Yahoo is second with 23 percent, and MSN is third with 11 percent.
That's retarded. How exactly do they plan to use the data? It's not as if they can tell if a certain person is a pedophile or a kid just by checking their web searches. The government should go fuck themselves.
i had already known this would happen for a while. i was just waiting for it. you have to be careful what you search for, google records every search and who searcherd it. and that google bar? the google bar records every site you go to and sends it to the google database. combine those two and you have absolutely no privacy. which is why i hate google.
which is why i search "google sucks" every now and then. to show them whos boss.
Google is smart that way. They keep catalogues of who you are and stuff. Scary really. I hate big corporations
and plus... google gets like a billion searches a day, is the government really gonna spend the money for the manpower to search through all of that just to find a couple child porn addict??? and what about the unlucy people that get hotlinked to those sites when that wasnt even what they were looking for... this is bs. worry about people like Nixmary Browns father and not some college kid getting his rocks off to a 17 year old
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The Bush administration is wasting millions of tax dollars while pissing all over the Bill of Rights? Can't say I'm surprised anymore.
I think you folks just misterpreted what they're trying to do.
They're trying to get MINORS to not be able to acces porn sites.
Which I'm taking serious afront at for the next 2 years.
They should just go shove it. Seriously. Or enact some new law that shoots down pornography sites that hide certain search terms in their sites. Cause seriously. Once I searched for pokemon and I got a porn site. Tricky bastards.
Bullshit...pure bullshit. The internet is basically lawless; how the hell are they supposed to keep kids out of porn sites? It's idiocy. Let the internet remain in a constant state of anarchy; to police it is to destroy the very freedom which makes it so damn attractive.