Google Plays Up The Privacy Reasons For Not Handing Over Data
from the well,-of-course dept
Last month when it first came out that Google had refused to turn over search data when a Justice Department subpoena asked for it (in a case not involving Google), lots of people focused on how Google was protecting user privacy. The reality probably had more to do with protecting Google trade secrets. Now Google has filed a response that discusses both reasons for turning down the request, while also calling the feds “uninformed” about how search technology works. It may be true that both reasons were important, but would Google have been so concerned about the privacy issues if there weren’t trade secret issues as well?