Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Justice Department's assault on Google to backfire?

CNET News.com: "The U.S. Department of Justice's attempt to compel Google to divulge millions of search records could backfire on police and prosecutors.
If Google convinces California courts that a federal privacy law protects Internet users' search terms from a subpoena, it would become more difficult for law enforcement to seek such records in future criminal investigations, legal experts are saying.
That's 'absolutely' a concern, said Paul Ohm, a former Justice Department prosecutor who now teaches at the University of Colorado at Boulder. 'There's a lot of precedent for that kind of thing.' "

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