A US judge is about to rule against Google and will force the company to cough up information about the searches that people perform and the URLs those queries lead to.
The government isn't hunting down some terrorist or saving the nation. It is merely gathering data to allow a scientist to analyse the internet and determine whether American children are at risk of running into online porn.
It remains a riddle why the judge gives the government the power to subpoena commercial entities, allowing it to further a political agenda of reviving a law limiting online pornography.
What special power does the government have that justifies this data grab? Why doesn’t this set a precedent for Apple or Microsoft to request a similar sample of Google's search queries? What is the judge seeing in this case that everybody else is failing to see?
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