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March 14, 2006

Judge to Order Google to Give Some Information to the Government

The hearing in the subpoena dispute between the Department of Justice and Google took place today.  According to the Washington Post, Judge Ware said he would order Google to turn over some information, specifically a random sample list of web sites in the Google database.  The Judge expressed concern about other parts of the government's request.  He expressed concern about giving the government a random sample of search requests, stating that he didn't want to create the impression that search engines could become tools for government surveillance.

There is some indication in the press that Google negotiated with the DOJ for a disclosure that was more palatable to the company.  That report is in Red Herring.  The Court indicated that a formal ruling was imminent.

More stories on this (with various perspectives) are in CNET, MarketWatch, the San Jose Mercury News, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Court filings are available at FindLaw.

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