The good news is that the government couldn’t force Google to reveal customer search information.
The potential bad news is that parties not involved in a lawsuit can be compelled to provide information to the government.
Thank you Google, for standing up for the right things, unlike some other Internet search companies!
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Google wins partial keywords victory
A federal judge denied a U.S. government request that Google Inc. be ordered to hand over a sample of keywords customers use to search the Internet, but required on Friday that the company produce some Web addresses indexed in its system.
“The court grants the government’s motion to compel only as to the sample of 50,000 URLs (Uniform Resource Locators), from Google’s search index,” the judge ruled, referring to the searchable catalog of documents that form the core of Google’s Web search service, the most widely used in the world.[/i]