Thursday, January 19, 2006

I hate that the Bush administration makes me feel like a nutbar conspiracy theorist

Feds after Google data:
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 1 million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period.
Google is following its motto "Don't be evil," and refusing to turn over the data. They aren't party to the suit, and don't want to violate the privacy of everyone in the world who uses the Internet.

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.
The "important statute"? COPA, a law already ruled unconstitutional once.

Here's how to regularly anonmyize your searching.