Refusing to damage their reputation and potentially expose customers to the eye of big government, the heads of Google have decided not to hand over data that was requested by a justice department investigation.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales asked a federal judge for an order requiring Google to hand over search records, specifically search records for a single week, which could consist of billions of queries. The order also called for a random list of one million addresses stored in the Google database.
The government claims this would aid in a crackdown on child pornography, but it could also expose thousands or even millions of customers to the unwarranted and unwanted prying eyes of the government.
AOL, MSN and Yahoo have already decided to hand over similar documents.
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