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Google is bowing down to Big Brother…

U.S. District Judge James Ware will most likely allow the department of justice to get excerpts of Google searches and the IP addresses that submitted the search. It is a sad day when Google doesn’t fight until its last breath for the privacy of its users. It’s not like Google doesn’t have the money to fight such cases.

Ware said he was reluctant to give the Justice Department everything it wanted because of the "perception by the public that this is subject to government scrutiny" when they type search terms into Google.com.

On Jan. 18, the Justice Department asked Ware to order Google to comply with a subpoena. It demands a "random sampling" of 1 million Internet addresses accessible through Google's search engine, and a random sampling of 1 million search queries submitted to Google in a one-week period.

During negotiations, the Justice Department narrowed its request to 50,000 URLs and said it would look at only 10,000. It also said it wanted 5,000 search queries and would look at 1,000.

Ware said that the reduced demand, coupled with the government's "willingness to compensate Google" for up to eight days of its programmers' time, had convinced him to grant the Justice Department at least some of what it had requested.

I for one am not surprised by this, because after all, Google is not looking out for our best interest, just their pocket. I know there is always two sides to every story, but it still ticks me off. If the department of justice was just trying to catch child predators, terrorist, and drug trades, then I would be all for it, but my grandfather always said, “you give them an inch, and they’ll take a mile”.

If it were just to gain, access to IP’s that made those kind of searches, then I would take their side, but they are just getting random excerpts from Google. Personally, I hardly ever use Google to search. I usually know what I’m looking for. I worry about our future, because our right to privacy is waning swiftly. What’s your say?

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