Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Senator Leahy Seeks Info on Google Subpoena

Senator Pat Leahy, the highest ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, seeking more information about the DOJ's subpoena of Google's search request records.

His letter asked about the types of information being sought, how the department intends to use the information while protecting individual privacy rights and civil liberties and whether it will issue any additional subpoenas.

Leahy said the Justice Department demand raised "the specter of excessive government surveillance that may intrude upon important privacy interests and chill the exercise of" free speech.

He also asked how the department is addressing the privacy and civil liberties concerns and whether the DOJ has asked for or received anyone's personally identifiable information.


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