I've said it before, and I'm saying it again: I want to have Google's baby.
Their corporate motto is "Don't be evil." Apparently, that includes taking a principled stand against the Bush Administration, like they did this week.
Google rebuffs feds over access to search data
Bush administration wants details of what users look for
Updated: 8:24 p.m. ET Jan. 19, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. is rebuffing the Bush administration’s demand for a peek at what millions of people have been looking up on the Internet’s leading search engine — a request that underscores the potential for online databases to become tools for government surveillance.
Mountain View-based Google has refused to comply with a White House subpoena first issued last summer, prompting U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales this week to ask a federal judge in San Jose for an order to hand over the requested records.
The government wants a list all requests entered into Google’s search engine during an unspecified single week — a breakdown that could conceivably span tens of millions of queries. In addition, it seeks 1 million randomly selected Web addresses from various Google databases.
The search engine giant said Thursday it had refused a subpoena issued by the Justice Department to provide a factual basis for justifying an online pornography law that was struck down by the Supreme Court on free-speech grounds.
By the way, Microsoft, Yahoo, and America Online complied with the request but say they did not reveal any personally identifiable information about their users.