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Google, Justice Department Prepare for Court Battle

U.S. District Judge James Ware on Thursday set Feb. 27 as date for a hearing to determine whether the Justice Department or Google wins in the former's attempt to access Google search records, reports CNET. Unlike Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL, Google has chosen to fight the subpoena. Ware also said Google must file its arguments by Feb. 6, and the Justice Department must submit its reply by Feb. 13.

Privacy advocates as well as members of Congress have expressed concern regarding the Justice Department's desire request a "random sampling" of 1 million internet addresses accessible through Google's search engine, and a random sampling of 1 million search queries submitted to Google over a one-week period.

Prior coverage:

- Outing Google's Dirty Little Secrets
- AOL, MSN, Yahoo Handed over Some Data to Feds
- Uncle Sam Wants Your Google Search Records

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