Google Avoids Surrendering Search Requests

    March 18, 2006

AP has details of what information Google must hand over to the Bush administration, and it appears to be good news.

Instead of handing over thousands of search requests, Google will hand over the addresses of 50,000 randomly selected web sites.

[Judge] Ware, though, decided Google won’t have to disclose what people have been looking for on its widely used search engine, handing a significant victory to the company and privacy rights advocates.

I’m not quite sure how the 50,000 random web sites will help the DOJ. Wasn’t the purpose of this to see if children are being exposed to porn, when searching for innocuous terms? Without the search term data, isn’t a list of 50,000 web sites worthless?

Am I missing something here?

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