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Friday, January 20, 2006

Google Rejects White House Info Request

The White House has asked the web's best known search engines for information on what individuals look for when they search the Internet. Yahoo has complied, though it says it did not release any personal information. But Google has not, prompting Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to ask a federal judge to force the company to turn over requested records. Google says it's a matter of privacy, noting that people sometimes input social security numbers or other identifying information. The government says it needs sample records from one week to test the efficacy of laws preventing child access to adult websites. Read more here, here, and here. See the court documents here.

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