Google denies US data demand

By Derek Sooman on February 20, 2006, 4:03 PM
Google has made a stand against the US government, formally rejecting the demands of that government to hand over a week’s worth of search records. Court documents Google filed in response to official demands for search data make a specific rejection of the request. Google claims that if it were to comply with the request, it would violate the privacy of its users and reveal trade secrets to its rivals. The company also claimed that handing over the data was impractical and would not accomplish what the government is seeking to achieve anyway.

The American Civil Liberties Union also filed court documents supporting Google's stance.

Lawyers for the ACLU wrote: "This subpoena is the latest example of government overreaching, in which the government apparently believes it can demand that private entities turn over all sorts of information about their customers just because the government asserts that it needs the information."

A court hearing to decide the row is scheduled for 13 March.

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DragonMaster said:
So Google refuses to follow the orders from the world master? ;-)At least, they are located in the good country not to be attacked by them. :-p
mentaljedi said:
Google's doing the right thing. I mean, if somebody put in a serach for... bombs lets say cos they were doing a project on WW2 suddenly finding the FBI at their doorstep... nope. US can't have it!
Eko said:
Yes,the decision is correct. But be sure that after the lawsuit, they'll have the right to do whatever they want, searching of course to "preserve freedom" and "fight terr'ism"The only culture in America is agriculture, or will be if the civil liberties go away.You know the lyrics of Prodigy's song: "Their law":F*** them, and their law!
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