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Google's Balk on Subpoena: Privacy and Competition

This past week, the Justice Department asked the Internet company Google to turn over its search records, which federal attorneys say would help them defend a controversial child pornography law. Google refused.

Government lawyers are defending the Child Online Protection Act against a challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union. COPA requires the owners of sexually oriented commercial Web sites to keep minors out. The ACLU says the law violates free speach protections.

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