Google To Fight Subpoena In Court

Cnet, Friday, January 27, 2006 10:30 AM
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Google's rejection of a government subpoena to hand over a week's worth of non-personally identifiable search data to help it defend an anti-pornography law aimed at protecting children has landed the search giant yet another court date. On Feb. 27, the U.S. Justice Department will seek to convince U.S. District Judge James Ware to force Google into handing over the data in a San Jose, Calif. federal court. Google is the only recipient of the federal subpoena--which was sent to Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft and America Online--that has opted to fight the summons in court. Said U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales: "This is important for the Department of Justice and we will pursue this matter." The prosecutors want a sampling of 1 million Internet addresses and 1 million random search queries submitted to Google over a one-week period. The presiding judge set Feb. 6 as the date for Google to file a legal brief with its arguments and Feb. 13 for the Justice Dept. to reply.
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