U.S. seeking search data

In August 2005, the U.S. Department of Justice issued subpoenas to Google, Yahoo!, AOL and Microsoft seeking a list of all sites indexed by each search engine and all search terms requested over a certain period, as part of its effort to defend a controversial federal Internet pornography law. Google is actively resisting the subpoena, while the other companies have complied or complied partially. While the government insists it is not seeking information that would identify users, Google claims the government is overreaching, and that complying could mean compromising certain trade secrets.

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