Thursday, January 19, 2006

Bush Administration Demands Search Data; Google Says No, Yahoo Said Yes, MSN May Have Said Yes

Bush Administration Demands Search Data; Google Says No, Yahoo Said Yes, MSN May Have Said Yes

Danny Sullivan,
Search Engine Watch

Via John Battelle and Google Morning Silicon Valley, Feds want Google search records from the San Jose Mercury News covers the Bush administration demanding last year that Google and other search engines turn over aggregate search information to help revive a child protection law. Google has refused to comply with the subpoena. A motion has been filed this week by US Department Of Justice to force Google to hand over the data.

In particular, the Bush administration wanted one million random web addresses and records of all Google searches for a one week period. The government apparently wants to estimate how much pornography shows up in the searches that children do...

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9 comments:

Voodoo Child said...

Weird, stupid request even for the DOJ. All cause of a little tit'nass. Feed our kids violent movies, games, shows, stories, anything but the human body!

Amy said...

Hey J!

Thanks for showing me the bloggr thing yesterday. Hope you liked the food! You are really such an interesting guy. Yeah I voted for Bush last time Hope ya don't hold that against me. Thanks for posting about me :)

The ZenFo Pro said...

You know, I had a patron ask me if it was safe to use Google today. That's sad. But Yahoo gave in without even flinching, it seems.

The exciting thing in all of this, like the suits against the wiretapping, is that the Federal Courts may have to clarify some questions long left unanswered about the regulation of online media - and the extent of the Government to police it.

Oh well, the balance between protected speech and public trust continues...

Amy:
The dinner was wonderful. And given the political conversation, thanks for not adding Ex-Lax to the brownies. Why hold it against you? People are people first, like I said.

Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

I'm always a little skeptical about all search engines. I think they may want to search somethng like who is buying semi automatic machine guns....

What a friggin waste of time.

It is hardly logical for them to do it anyway,

EsotericWombat said...

ummm... you misread that. It's about child access to normal porn, and the effectiveness of filters to prevent it.

Anonymous said...

not necessarily.

The ZenFo Pro said...

Note to self...do not participate in online conference and resond to comments simultaneously...

Good catch, Wombat. (Wombat caught a post that included a graph meant for a Yahoo! chat window on the same subject)

Apologies to online conference participants...if you ever find my site.

Here's the revised post.

- Jason
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Alice...
It is a waste of time. Exactly! It's like Danny Sullivan points out...why the hell should Google have to do Uncle Sam's work?

The fact that they're trying to use questionable legal tactics to defend an unenforceable law is insane.The Internet belongs to the World, not to the frigging United States. That's the problem with Internet censorship.

The ZenFo Pro said...

Wombat:
Good catch, dude. Yeah, not a good day to respond to comments when you're doing 9 million things at once.

Anon:
Good point.

Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

you see wombat is pretty sharp.

You see I read this before I made my list Jason. It was such a close call. ;)