Sunday, February 26, 2006, 2/26/2006 07:52:00 AM

Google Subpoena Dispute Continues

More from the San Jose Mercury News concerning the government-Google subpoena flap. To recap, the government is seeking to review a week's worth of search requests from Google. Google has objected on trade secrets and privacy grounds.

In a recently-filed brief, the government says that the privacy concerns are non-existent since the information will not allow the government to link particular users to given searches. The brief also said the nature and depth of the requested information would do little to threaten Google's closely guarded trade secrets. The company itself publishes more details about its queries than is being sought by the government, said a government expert who provided a declaration in support of the subpoena.

Google is expected to continue its objections.

The dispute is scheduled to be heard before U.S. District Judge James Ware in a March 13 hearing in San Jose.

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