Friday, January 20, 2006

Well done Google

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.

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