Magazine article American Libraries

DOJ after Other Companies Besides Google

Magazine article American Libraries

DOJ after Other Companies Besides Google

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The Department of Justice has gone beyond Google in its quest for evidence to develop a case in preparation for an October trial in Philadelphia over the Child Online Protection Act (COPA). Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Information Week, the DOJ disclosed that it had demanded information from at least 34 internet service providers, search companies, and filtering software firms between June and September 2005. The subpoenas were similar to the one served on Google, which defied the order and won a partial victory in federal court March 17 (AL, Apr., p. 14).

Information Week reported March 29 that the other companies included AT & T, BellSouth, Comcast Cable, EarthLink, McAfee, Symantec, and Verizon Online. An attorney for Verizon had objected on the grounds that documents might be forwarded to people in organizations that are suing the company, including the Justice Department itself and the American Civil Liberties Union. DOJ spokesperson Charles Miller declined to comment on which other companies objected to or sought to limit the subpoenas.

In the case of Google and other search-engine companies, the DOJ had requested information on user search terms and web addresses held in company databases. …

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