Congratulations to Google saying no to DOJ subpoena
see "Google refuses to give up data" (Washington Times, 1/20/06)
Congratulations to Google for refusing to comply with a Justice Department subpoena for a "random sample" of a million web addresses and search strings from one week of Google usage.
Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL all seem to have complied to some degree with similar subpoenas, violating one of the best things about the internet: the privacy and anonymity it allows users.
The Justice Department is demanding the data as an end-run around the Child Online Protection Act, which the Supreme Court threw out two years ago on free-speech grounds.
If the government wanted to do a test of filtering technology, they can do it from their own offices. I'm sure there's more than one government employee who would be happy to research how internet porn is returned in web search results.
In the long run, for those internet users who are paying attention I would expect this to make doing business with or through Google to be that much more appealing than through other search engines and internet advertising firms.
In the short run, the news was the catalyst for a nearly 20% drop in GOOG's stock price in two days, including Fridays drop of over 36 points, GOOG's largest one-day drop ever.
So, even though the stock move cost me some money, I still offer Google congratulations and thanks.
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