Feds seek Google data in child porn case
Report: Search firm resists request for records, saying the Justice Department is overreaching.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - The Justice Department is asking Internet search giant Google to turn over search records in an effort to defend a child pornography law, according to a report published Thursday.
Citing a filing in the U.S. District Court in San Jose, the San Jose Mercury News reported that federal lawyers are hoping to secure information in an effort to defend the constitutionality of the Child Online Protection Act, which was struck down in 1994.
Google (Research) (down $7.91 to $437.00, Research), which refused to comply with a subpoena issued last year for the search records, cited user privacy and maintaining company secrets for not complying with the government, the paper reported.
The records in question include 1 million random Web addresses and a list of all Google searches from any one-week period, according to the paper.
"Google is not a party to this lawsuit and their demand for information overreaches," Nicole Wong, an associate general counsel for Google, said in a comment to CNN. "We had lengthy discussions with them to try to resolve this, but were not able to and we intend to resist their motion vigorously. "
The government said that other, unnamed Internet search firms had agreed to turn over the requested information, but not Google, the Mercury News reported.
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