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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Judge Limits US Data Hunt

In the end, U.S. District Court Judge James Ware ruled Google must turn over 50,000 random URLs from its database. However, he blocked a subpoena by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales seeking 5,000 search queries—the strings of words entered into search engines by people seeking particular information. The judge said that request could result in a “loss of trust” by Google’s users.

“The expectation of privacy by some Google users may not be reasonable, but may nonetheless have an appreciable impact on the way in which Google is perceived, and consequently the frequency with which users use Google,” the judge wrote in a 21-page ruling issued in San Jose, California, late Friday.

One more quote:
While the attorney general is getting far less data from Google than he originally sought, Judge Ware pointed out in a footnote “the government has already been to the pond and fished, so to speak, with data from AOL, Yahoo, and Microsoft.”

It seems that other search engines don't care about privacy of their users. I don't know why it's not covered in media.

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