Google will not comply with government Search request list

Google has decided not to comply with the Bush governments request to hand over search request information. This is a request that underscores the potential for online databases to become tools for government surveillance.

Google has refused to comply with a White House subpoena first issued last summer, prompting U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales this week to ask a federal judge in San Jose for an order to hand over the requested search records.

The government wants a list all requests entered into Google’s search engine during an unspecified single week — a breakdown that could conceivably span tens of millions of queries. In addition, it seeks 1 million randomly selected Web addresses from various Google databases.

Although the government says it isn’t seeking any data that ties personal information to search requests, the subpoena still raises serious privacy concerns.

Every other search engine served similar subpoenas by the Bush administration has complied so far, according to court documents. The cooperating search engines weren’t identified.

Supplying this information, could expose some of Google secrets, and open them up for others to copy and pick apart.

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