Google and child protection

Google and child protection

Summary: The last couple days have been quite hard for Google as their stock has dropped significantly.  This stems from their anticipated Q4 financial report -- based on Yahoo's less than stellar performance -- and a subpoena which asked Google (and other search engines) to share information with the government to monitor how much pornography is being viewed by children.

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The last couple days have been quite hard for Google as their stock has dropped significantly.  This stems from their anticipated Q4 financial report -- based on Yahoo's less than stellar performance -- and a subpoena which asked Google (and other search engines) to share information with the government to monitor how much pornography is being viewed by children.  This case has nothing to do with child pornography as Philipp Lenssen tells us in his blog.

I ran into the same situation yesterday.  People who I work with know that I monitor what happens at Google, and when they hear news they flock to me with questions.  Many people asked me what I thought about the "Google child pornography scandal".  What?  Is this how the public is perceiving this?  It probably has a lot to do with the larger news sources including CNN, Forbes, Times Online, Mercury News, Market Watch and more who all published articles which used the phrase "child pornography" -- definitely not what this is about.

"The Justice Department is asking Internet search giant Google to turn over search records in an effort to defend a child pornography law"
CNN

"The company has refused to turn over the data, which the Bush Administration claims it will use in its fight against child pornography."
Forbes

"The US Department of Justice wants the information to help it to establish how much child pornography is available on the internet"
Times Online

"However, the Supreme Court invited the government to either come up with a less drastic version of the law or go to trial to prove that the statute does not violate the First Amendment and is the only viable way to combat child porn."
Mercury News

"Trolling through two month’s worth of random results at the world’s leading search engine, as the government’s original subpoena requested, presumably would give Justice Department investigators a good read on what percentage of those searches were for child porn."
MarketWatch

          From Google Blogoscoped

This misinformation could backfire on Google.  They were in the position to gain trust points of users by making it difficult for the government to request personal (or even general) information from the search engine.  They did the right thing, but I'm sad to see how people like my colleagues and others who read traditional news media have been wrongly informed.  Have you run into the  same thing?  What do you think about the request for this information by the Government?

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  • Dirty Christian group fingers in this

    Associating Google's refusal to hand over info on how their customer search the internet to not cooperating with Child pornography laws?

    That is exactly what these evil, christian right wingers want to do. They have enlisted all their crony news media to slander a company protecting american civil liberty laws.

    Disgusting MF's.
    Prognosticator
    • Dirty Christian Groups

      Sir:
      I am a Christian, and applaud you for your use of "christian" in lower case. Like all forms of life, some assume names they should never touch, or even think about. United States is being injured by the groups you make reference too, and I can assure you that God will show the vengence that is His against these groups that fornicate the Name of His Son.
      Van W. Cottom
      doc_cotton
  • google=usenet=PORN in all newsgroups & emailed 2 Posters.

    GOOGLE IS IN ITSELF HUGE PORNOGRAPHY RING & DISTRIBUTOR. Googles newsgroups, USENET, lace all newsgroups with PORNOGRAPHY, stuff you just click link & see picture. Anyone can view porn in USENET. Google also sends PORNOGRAPHY to anyone who uses usenets newsgroups frequently, With pictures of adults on even babies & very young children (i.e.age 4 years, althought theres no minimum).Google is MAFIA of its own sorts. USENET is MANDAN INDIAN RESERVATION near Bismark, North Dakota. Its Narcotics Infested Organization as well USING "STORE FRONT" LAW SCHOOLS TO ORGANIZE TEENAGE GANGS THAT COMMIT AUTO THIEFT & HOME INVASION ROBBERY. iTS' REALLY EXTREMELY BAD. google/usenet are felons with centers thruout major US Cities. Heres link to windows xp sp3, if that helps.

    http://www.geocities.com/tsvondrashekmd/WASHINGTON.html

    Signed:PHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART VON DRASHEK M.D.
    VONDRASHEK9
    • Blame the tool

      Google and usenet are both tools and neither of them is inherently evil. Knives have been used for centuries to kill and torture people. If we follow your logic, knives are evil and must be outlawed. Get a grip man!
      GrumpyOldMan
    • Spare me please!

      Should I have emergency need for a physician, and "PHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART VON DRASHEK MD" is the only person available, please, just let me die.
      Over 10% spelling errors, the obvious lack of critical thinking skills...nah..just keep him aways from me.
      Van
      doc_cotton
  • Google & Child Protection

    While I applaud Goolgle's attempt to protect civil liberties I think they need to step back and look at the bigger picture. Child Pornography is a huge problem and all assistance must be given to curb this growing problem. Children's lives are at stake here - to HELL with civil liberties.
    sawhorse
    • Children's lives

      Pictorial nakedness, both male and female, adult and child, has been around since the time of the Pyramids, 4,000 years or more. Now, all the sudden the mighty George Bush administration thinks they can stop it by having a list of search engine searches. Some of us need to be careful or we will start believing in weapons of mass destruction. You say "to hell with civil liberties" so while we at it, why not toss out the entire Constitution of the United States.
      doc_cotton
  • Protection or endangerment

    Google got it right. The government subpoena was baseless. At the same time, it also violates the civil rights that are available even to those under 18 ... the very people the government claims they are trying to protect. This is good logic ... let's protect them by violating their rights.

    Google definitely got this one right.
    pete1978