Thursday, January 19

Most Popular Searches

The San Jose Mercury-News reports that the Bush Administration has supoenaed Google to turn over "1 million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period."

The reason: the Feds say they need the data to defend the constitutionality of the Child Online Protection Act, which was struck down in 2004 because it was too broad and would prevent adults from reaching legitimate p0rn sites. The government wants to prove that Web users often encounter online p0rn and that many innocent searches turn up material they say is "harmful to minors.''

While Google is fighting the subpoena, citing the privacy of its users, one wonders how long they can hold out.