Google has decided to fight a US Government subpoena for its search records, including one million random web addresses and records of all Google searches for a one week period. The subpoena was issued under the pretext of fighting chid pornography; but it strikes this observer as a fishing expedition. Apparently Google feels the same way.
It can’t be pleasant to cross the Federal Government on an matter of this kind; but Google is doing the right thing for the country. I think this is what Ben Franklin meant when he said "A republic if you can keep it.”
FAQ: What does the Google subpoena mean?
Paul Holmes takes a similar view.
Dan Gillmor comments.