Google Fights Feds in Child Porn Probe

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Google makes headlines again, but this time the news isn’t highlighting their exponential growth. The Bush administration has subpoenaed the search giant as part of a move to bring back a child pornography law that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down.

The subpoena, which was issued last year, requested a myriad of material from the company’s databases, including records of all Google searches from any one-week period and a request for 1 million random web addresses. Though the papers have officially been filed Wednesday in a San Jose federal court, Google has refused to comply on the basis of personal information and privacy protection.

The 1998 Child Online Protection Act, which would have punished violators with fines up to $50,000 or jail time, would have required adults to use access codes or other ways of registering before they could see objectionable material online — much of which they are finding through the search engine.

The data, if obtained by a federal court in Pennsylvania, would potentially help the government argue that a law would be more effective against child pornographers than a filtering software. Google has already said it will “vigorously” fight the governments push to obtain their data.

Nicole Wong, an associate general counsel for Google tells the AP, “Google is not a party to this lawsuit, and the demand for the information is overreaching.”

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  1. HERE! HERE! Google! Why aren’t other media outlets mum about this or worse, giving data, that they agreed not to give, to the government? Yahoo! AOL and MSN, seem to have lost their moral compass.

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