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Feds going fishing

2006-01-19 16:03:46.977312+00 by Dan Lyke 10 comments

The feds are going on a fishing expedition by trying to compel Google to turn over its search logs.

The Mountain View-based company told The San Jose Mercury News that it opposes releasing the information because it would violate the privacy rights of its users and would reveal company trade secrets.

This after Attorney General Gonzales knowingly lied for political gain.

[ related topics: Politics Privacy Sexual Culture moron Law Current Events Civil Liberties ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-01-19 16:21:46.653369+00 by: ziffle [edit history]

Bless Google for its stand - and that they have all the money they could need to fight it!

Its time, - even though I supported him previously, to 'impeach Bush' - google gives 5,350,000 hits for the term!

We got this far without destroying the constitution and it seems to me better that he goes than what we are getting.

Ziffle of Mayberry

#Comment Re: made: 2006-01-19 17:56:45.540318+00 by: meuon [edit history]

I'm not Pro-Democrat, and they are only marginally better about this compared to the Libertarians (although there is no real track record there), but it may be time to throw a LOT of ABB/ABR (anyone but Bush/Republican) energy into the next election. And our next President needs to start with an apology to the world.

Interesting comment by by a presenter at the last Tech Council (website borken still) lunch: The Europeans take personal security/privacy a LOT more seriously than the Americans. It was just a comment, no stats to back it up... but it sure is interesting,

Add the new PING=' A HREF attribute and even more tracking of our web browsing habits is possible.

It's time to support and use things like: Tor more.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-01-19 20:56:34.527994+00 by: Mark A. Hershberger

Anyone who thinks the Europeans take these things more seriously (whatever that means) might be interested in this comparison.

#Comment made: 2006-01-20 00:37:21.549312+00 by: Mars Saxman

Good reminder not to trust central servers.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-01-20 00:39:40.33467+00 by: meuon

Mark, Thanks. I'll forward that to the UTC professor that said that just for grins.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-01-20 01:45:01.318223+00 by: TheSHAD0W


Update: While Google said no, MSN, AOL and Yahoo all caved.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-01-20 02:27:09.8931+00 by: mkelley [edit history]

I sent an email to Xeni about this idea and posted about it on Sacred Cow, but " what would happen if a 3rd party, like Blingo.com, would anonymize the cookie and the search they pass to Google? Or if someone would start using the Google API to setup such a service?" Search laundering?

#Comment Re: made: 2006-01-20 16:23:21.818614+00 by: ziffle

I would like to say that today marks the "End of the Internet" - what began as a free and anonymous place has now become a place where every word you type into anything could land you in jail.

We are all Nazis now.

Ziffle of Mayberry (Heil Bush !)

#Comment Re: made: 2006-01-20 16:30:27.99048+00 by: Dan Lyke

Patriot Search

#Comment Re: made: 2006-01-20 17:47:21.493421+00 by: ziffle [edit history]

First They Came for the Jews

First they came for the Jews

and I did not speak out

because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists

and I did not speak out

because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists

and I did not speak out

because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me

and there was no one left

to speak out for me.

Pastor Martin Niemöller