Google Resists Snoopers

7:40 AM -- Today's The New York Times reports that Google is defying our National Nanny State:

    The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to compel Google, the Internet search giant, to turn over records on millions of its users' search queries as part of the government's effort to uphold an online pornography law.

    Google has been refusing the request since a subpoena was first issued last August, even as three of its competitors agreed to provide information, according to court documents made public this week. Google asserts that the request is unnecessary, overly broad, would be onerous to comply with, would jeopardize its trade secrets and could expose identifying information about its users.

    The dispute with Google comes as the government is moving aggressively on several fronts to obtain data on Internet activity to achieve its law enforcement goals, from domestic security to the prosecution of online crime. Under the antiterrorism law known as the USA Patriot Act, for example, the Justice Department has demanded records on library patrons' Internet use...

    Charles Miller, a spokesman for the Justice Department, said on Thursday that three Google competitors in Internet search technology - America Online, Yahoo and MSN, Microsoft's online service - had complied with subpoenas in the case...

    In its brief history, Google has made "Don't be evil" an operating principle...
Thanks, Goog, but "Don't be evil"? That's setting the bar pretty high for the rest of us.

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

Lite Rock 12/5/2012 | 4:08:43 AM
re: Google Resists Snoopers For all their efforts to resist snoopers while "doing no evil" Google is supporting pedophiles. That is unless the Bush administration can get congress to support a declaration of war against pedophiles/kiddy porn.

Google is indirectly supporting snipers.


It has also been attributed that Google may even be the Antichrist.


Keep up the good work Larry "Evil" Monkey

Hey good news is Beer thirty comes early today.

Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 4:08:42 AM
re: Google Resists Snoopers Google has proved a bit more pliable in China, as the article points out.
But Antichrist?
Jeez, hardly anybody's perfect.
Lite Rock 12/5/2012 | 4:08:41 AM
re: Google Resists Snoopers Your'e right. At least Microsoft is getting a bit of their own medicine. Ok now, this won't hurt your'e just going to feel some pressure...

It has gotten to the point that being called the Antichrist has "jumped the shark". It just doesn't have the same punch anymore.

What a way to start the weekend...

I think I need to watch the Robert Tilton Farting preacher video again to pick my spirits up.

"Gods got something cooking for you, can you smell it?
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