Google’s battle against the forces of Evil

March 19, 2006

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Topics: Google, Privacy.

The resolution of Google’s well-publicized dispute with the United States Department of Justice is now well-known – and Google won. At least, mostly won. Google’s official blog post on the matter states very clearly that they were successful – "Judge tells DoJ "No" on search queries". Google has been spared the need to provide millions of search queries to the government. However, they have not been spared entirely. They will still be required to supply 50,000 URLs from their index […]

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Clever, Clever Google – Google Moves Data out of China

March 4, 2006

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Topics: Google, Privacy.

In a very sensible preventative move, Google has moved the storage of search data on Google China to the United States. This change neatly prevents China from requesting access to the data, since it is no longer under their jurisdiction. Although Google has not yet begun to offer Gmail or Blogger services in China, due to fears about being required to hand data over to the government, this may act as a path to begin providing these services. Of course, […]

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Department of Justice vs. Google Continues

March 1, 2006

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Topics: Google, Privacy.

So the Department of Justice has now rejected Google’s protest against the US Government. The Department of Justice claims that the request for search data is neither a threat to privacy nor a threat to Google’s proprietary data, on the grounds that no individual user data will be disclosed and that the examination of the data will be "cursory", according to statistician Philip Stark of the University of California, Berkeley. Although I can accept that the data released is not […]

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