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March 14, 2006

WSJ Reports That Google Must Turn Over

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 3/14/2006 11:36:00 AM

The WSJ reports that Google must turn over data to the DOJ.

A federal judge said he is likely to require Google Inc. to turn over some information about its users' searches to the Justice Department, after the government said it would scale back its request.

After a hearing in San Jose, Calif., U.S. District Court Judge James Ware said he will pay special attention to privacy concerns as he weighs the government's request for the information with the interests of a private company.

The legal showdown over how much of the Web's vast databases should be shared with the government has pitted the Bush administration against the Internet giant, which resisted a subpoena to turn over any information because of user privacy and trade secret concerns.
The Justice Department downplayed Google's concerns, arguing it doesn't want any personal information nor any data that would undermine the company's thriving business. At Tuesday's hearing, a lawyer for the Justice Department told Judge Ware that the government would like to have a random selection of 50,000 Web addresses and 5,000 random search requests from Google, a small fraction of the millions the government originally sought.

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