Google is alone in the battle against the DoJ -- Yahoo and Microsoft have both agreed to turn over search records

The US government demanded that Google turn over a week's worth of search records -- Google has officially rejected the demand.  Although Google is willing to censor material in China, the company is not yet ready to violate the privacy of users in the United States.  In a filing in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Google also claimed that the government's demand to turn over search information is simply impractical because it won't aid the government in its current crusade.  Unfortunately, competitors like Microsoft and Yahoo have agreed to turn over data.

The Bush administration is seeking to compel Google to hand over Web search data as part of a bid by the Justice Department to appeal a 2004 Supreme Court injunction of a law to penalise Web site operators who allow children to view pornography.

Even though Google has lots of support, including backing from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), many users believe that it is only a matter of time before Google simply turns over the records that the US goverment has requested. To read the official Google response to the DoJ, please click here [PDF file].

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