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January 20, 2006

Google subpoenaed over porn

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Google subpoenaed over porn
Correspondents in San Francisco
JANUARY 20, 2006

GOOGLE has been subpoenaed by the US Justice Department to turn over a database of search terms as part of a government probe of online pornography.

Google rejected the demand as overreaching by the government.
In filing in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, the Justice Department demanded that Google provide all queries entered on the company’s web search system between June 1 and July 31 of last year.

The Justice Department includes a request for Google to produce a random sample of one million web addresses.

The data request is part of a broader government effort to track the effectiveness of a 1998 law, the Child Online Protection Act, or COPA, which penalises web site operators who allow children to view pornography, the filing said.

A 2004 US Supreme Court decision, Ashcroft vs ACLU, upheld an injunction that blocked the government from enforcing the law. The Justice Department is seeking evidence from Google and others as part of an appeal of this injunction.

The motion by US Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez details negotiations between the government and Google’s lawyers, who have resisted the request as overreaching, burdensome and a violation of trade secrets.

“Google is not a party to this lawsuit and their demand for information overreaches,” Nicole Wong, Google’s associate general counsel, said in a statement. “We had lengthy discussions with them to try to resolve this, but were not able to and we intend to resist their motion vigorously.”

Reuters

http://australianit.news.com.au/articles/0…Enbv%5E,00.html

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