The U.S. Supreme Court previously struck down a 1998 Child Online Protection Act on free-speech grounds. Unsatisfied with this ruling, the Bush Administration has subpoenaed Google Inc. for online pornography search records to come up with a new law.
The government wants to know what Google's users have been looking for through its popular search engine and says it needs the data to determine how often porn shows up in online searches. So far, Google has refused to comply with the subpoena.
Saying that it would reveal company trade secrets and would violate the privacy rights of its users, an attorney for Google said, “Google is not a party to this lawsuit, and the demand for the information is overreaching.”