The US government is asking a California court to force Google to turn over information about usage of the company’s search engine for finding pornography on the internet.
The government says it needs those Google usage records to prepare its defence in a lawsuit brought against it by the ACLU (the American Civil Liberties Union). But Google is resisting.
On Wednesday US attorney general Alberto Gonzales filed a motion to compel Google to comply with the government’s subpoena in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.
The ACLU lawsuit, filed in 1998, challenges Copa, the Child Online Protection Act law, which aims to protect minors from the effects of exposure to sexually explicit material on the internet.
Nicole Wong, Google’s associate general counsel, said in a prepared statement: “Google is not a party to this lawsuit and its demand for information overreaches. We had lengthy discussions to try to resolve this, but were not able to, and we intend to resist the motion vigorously.”