Google Search Request Not a Privacy Threat

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The Department of Justice has rejected Google’s claims that a government request for search data threatens the privacy of Internet users.

“No individual user of Google, or of any other search engine, need fear that his or her personal identity will be disclosed,” according to the government brief.

This ruling comes after earlier this month when Google rejected the government’s request for search data, arguing that the disclosure of the information could give competitors insight into its users’ habits. Search rivals Yahoo, MSN and AOL have already complied with the subpoena.

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Andrey Milyan was the first editor-in-chief of Search Marketing Standard, the leading print publication covering the search marketing industry. He has been following and reporting on industry developments for over 10 years. Andrey now works in the paid search sector of a prominent search marketing agency.

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