Google ordered to hand over data
A federal judge has ordered internet search engine Google to turn over some search data, including 50,000 web addresses, to the US government. However, Judge James Ware denied a request that Google hand over a list of people's search requests. The Justice Department had wanted access to search records to help prevent access to online pornography. The judge said privacy considerations led him to deny part of the department's request.
"This concern, combined with the prevalence of internet searches for sexually explicit material, gives this court pause as to whether the search queries themselves may constitute potentially sensitive information," he said in his ruling.
Google lawyer Nicole Wong said it was reassuring that the judge's decision had "sent a clear message about privacy". "What his ruling means is that neither the government nor anyone else has carte blanche when demanding data from internet companies," she said.