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Google dodges the government again

by Ivana Strahija on February 20th, 2006 After the Justice Department demanded the court press Google to hand over the search information, the company filed papers back, saying the request is simply nonsense.

The brief filed by Google consists of 21 pages, all belittling government's claim that the search results would produce useful evidence regarding child pornography. The Justice Department has a week to submit a written response. A hearing is scheduled for March 13 in U.S. District Court in San Jose.

The Justice Department revealed also that it received similar data from Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL. Although the government did not demand Google to give information about the identity of its users, the company said people sometimes search for their social security numbers or for their credit card numbers or other personal data.

One of the biggest issues for Google is that the government did not say what it would do with data. Government simply stated the information would help to measure how people use the Internet.

On other hand, while the information would not show how many porn sites there are, it would certainly help Google competitors to get to know the company search techniques, which are kept top secret.

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