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Elise Ackerman [PersonRank 0]

Tuesday, November 14, 2006
16 years ago2,037 views

Hi there, I'm about to write another story on this case and I came across a long thread about an error I made in February. Http://blog.outer-court.com/archive/2006-01-26-n76.html. I wanted folks to know that I corrected the error as soon as I learned about it. A bunch of people seemed concerned that I hadn't done so. I'd like to encourage people to help me get things right. Occasional mistakes seem to be inevitable, no matter how hard I strive for accuracy. Here is a copy of the correction, followed by the first three graphs of the story. I hope you will continue to be in touch.

GOOGLE DISSECTS U.S. CLAIM
SEARCH ENGINE CALLS DEMAND FOR DATA 'NONSENSICAL'

Published: Saturday, February 18, 2006 Edition: Morning Final Section: Business Page: 1C
Memo: Related Story: page 1C

Source: BY ELISE ACKERMAN, Mercury News
Correction: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT (publ. 02/22/06, pg. 2A)
An article Saturday in the Business section about the federal government's request for Google search data misstated the Child Online Protection Act's purpose. The law is designed to keep children from seeing any pornography.

Google called the Bush administration's request for data on Web searches ''so uninformed as to be nonsensical'' in papers filed in San Jose federal court Friday, arguing that turning over the information would expose its trade secrets and violate the privacy of its users.
The 21-page brief filed by the Mountain View search giant angrily dissected the government's claim that the search results would produce useful evidence regarding child pornography.

The Justice Department asked a federal judge to force Google to turn over the data last month, after Google refused to comply with an earlier subpoena. Government lawyers said the searches would help it defend the Child Online Protection Act, which was struck down as unconstitutional. The law is designed to keep children from sexually explicit material on the Internet.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

Thanks Elise.

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