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To: NormsRevenge

Absolutely right - the government seems to think they have a right to any and all data held by nongovernmental organizations. The allegation is not that they have done anything illigal - they just want to analyze Google's data to see who might have been doing something illegal.


3 posted on 01/18/2006 9:34:31 PM PST by al_again
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To: al_again
Absolutely right - the government seems to think they have a right to any and all data held by nongovernmental organizations. The allegation is not that they have done anything illigal - they just want to analyze Google's data to see who might have been doing something illegal.

It's even worse than that -- according to the article, the feds just want the data in order to help them argue a point of law...

9 posted on 01/18/2006 9:51:28 PM PST by Ichneumon
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Absolutely right - the government seems to think they have a right to any and all data held by nongovernmental organizations. The allegation is not that they have done anything illigal - they just want to analyze Google's data to see who might have been doing something illegal.

Of course they think they have a right to it, and it's not that they are after people who might have been doing something illegal, they are after numbers - they want to be able to say "X amount of people searched for this term, and so therefore we need to have this law".

I didn't read through the thread yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are FReepers supporting the government on this.

They'll support the government, until they start thinking "what if the government pulls this off, then you might start getting gun-grabbing cities going after data about people doing searches on related terms, and they might try to narrow it down somehow to target those people as "persons of interest" or whatever you want to call them".

Anytime you see anything like this, it's best not to think of what the government says it's doing, but what it could potentially do in the future, and how it could be used against you, because if you don't look at the worst-case scenario, you won't realize it until it's too late.
38 posted on 01/19/2006 8:39:50 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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