In papers filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, the Department of Justice said Google had failed to comply with a subpoena issued last year for a sample of 1 million Web addresses in the company's index. In addition, the government wanted a list of all search terms entered by Google's users over a one-week period.
They said searches of full names or addresses would show up in the data. What if, they asked, the queries also included a sensitive term such as "Nazi sympathizer," "homosexual" or "terrorist"?
So don't do a search on "Gay Nazi sympathizer." Even "Sympathy for the Devil" might be risky. And for God's sake don't go looking for a copy of Luchino Visconti's "The Damned." The watchmen of the night might not understand.
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