Search Engines and Privacy Rights on the Web

Last week, the Justice Department asked a federal court to order Google to comply with a subpoena issued last year, seeking all search queries within one specific week, and 1 million random URLs. Google is fighting the subpoena. The government hopes to use the data to support its case in a court battle over the 1998 Child Online Protection Act. The act is intended to protect minors from exposure to online material deemed harmful to them, primarily pornography.

Guests:

Laura Sydell, NPR reporter

Tom Lee, professor of law at Brigham Young University

Xeni Jardin, NPR tech culture reporter

John Palfrey, professor and executive director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School

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