BBC NEWS Technology Google defies US over search data: “The internet search engine Google is resisting efforts by the US Department of Justice to force it to hand over data about what people are looking for. “
Why does the DoJ want to peruse the Google databases? Do they want to track the illegal activities of a terrorist suspect? Crack a paedophile ring?
No, they’re just looking to justify some of their anti-porn legislation that has been blocked by the Supreme Court because of legal challenges over how it is enforced.
The DoJ will probably win, but it’s still encouraging that Google is less than willing to breach the civil liberties of it’s users. As opposed to Yahoo, who were so ready to allow pro-democracy protestors to be fed to the lions (or should that be dragons?) in China to protect their business interests. (That news article here)