DOJ vs. Google: One month countdown to showdown begins

DOJ vs. Google: One month countdown to showdown begins

Summary: Now that Google has refused to comply with a Department of Justice subpoena, News.com's Declan McCullagh reports that a US District Court Judge has officially set a court showdown date for one month from today: Google's attempt to fend off the government's request for millions of search terms will move to a federal court in San Jose, Calif.

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Now that Google has refused to comply with a Department of Justice subpoena, News.com's Declan McCullagh reports that a US District Court Judge has officially set a court showdown date for one month from today:

Google's attempt to fend off the government's request for millions of search terms will move to a federal court in San Jose, Calif., on Feb. 27....Prosecutors are requesting a "random sampling" of 1 million Internet addresses accessible through Google's popular search engine, and a random sampling of 1 million search queries submitted to Google over a one-week period....The government's request has raised eyebrows among privacy advocates and members of Congress, some of whom fear it could open the door to future fishing expeditions.

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  • Funny how it takes

    1 month to get Google into court, but 3+ years for Robert Blake. Heck even Saddam is in court TWO years later . . .
    Roger Ramjet
    • Just Shows

      The current administrations priorities....

      Trials dealing with killing your wife, stealing a dew billion dollars, or for ruthless dictators apparently aren't as important as trails dealing with the US Government stopping some websites from showing some uncovered boobies.

      --And this shocks you? How much did Ashcroft spend covering the statue Blind Lady of Justice?
      Edward Meyers
      • I hope Google prevails

        While I'm surprised at the speed, isn't there another case on-going that this is in support of?

        I'm not a lawyer, but aren't the types of cases you sited significanly different from the Google case? Specifically, Google's is refusing to honor a subponea -- which is almost an administrative action that probably takes a lot less time and resources to prosecute than a murder case.

        That said, I hope Google prevails.
        __howard__
        • This Is Over

          An Act that Bush and his croonies pushed through that would require you to sign up through a goverment sponsered and controlled adult/verification check if you want to look at "adult" materials on the internet.

          The Supreme court didn't completly strike it down- so it is back in the lower court.
          Edward Meyers
  • A different, but important Google legal ruling

    Not so relevant to this blog entry, but David, any thoughts on this
    decision, and how it will affect Google Books and Google Scholar?

    http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/004344.php
    tic swayback
  • why just Google?

    My question is this. If the Department of Justice wants to see what is possible to search for on the internet regarding information on illegal information on what ever subject it may be looking for. Why just take google to court over this... why not take the others as well? With that I mean also the other main search sites that are out there (IE: excite.com, dogpile.com, yahoo.com or ca, altavista.com, etc).

    This to me sounds like it has shades of red hunt during the second world war for US communist party supporters. I personally sit on the fence for censorship of information or materal by subject. No I do not believe in child pornography, terrorist information, hate groups etc by any means... but also I am all for the right to personal privicy of a the common person no mater what their stature in life. Weither that person be the priminister of Canada, China, the president of the US right to the baggage clirk at the store I get my muffin at.

    Other online sites have been censoring the information that people can either access baised on thrie age. This has been happening for quite some time. Also Google does allow you to turn on or off censorship of information or material by filtering and this can been seen here... (http://www.google.ca/preferences?hl=en) just copy and paste the link to see for ones self. Mind you this is for filtering both explicit text and explicit images from the search. To me personally it's still the same.

    This is again very concerning to me because this only includes one search site on the net out of the many online that are US baised. Again my question to all who read this also to the DOJ is "why just Google and not everyone else at the same time?"
    the_ghost2006
    • Because others rolled over and played dead?

      [i] Why just take google to court over this... why not take the others as well?[/i]

      The Department of Justice (sic) did subpoena other sites ? they just cooperated. Google is the only one who said ?now, wait a minute ??
      __howard__
  • Maybe Google will be our

    Maybe Google will be the start of our Sons of the Revolution in present times. Ever wonder why the history isn't taught from that time period? What the youth don't know about thier freedom they won't miss if taken away.
    disc1@...