Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Google is having a hard time acting like an evil empire

Witness this move (which, in my non-trendy way, I just learned about within the hour):

In an effort to protect users of its Web site, Google is moving search records out of China and into the United States, a company executive said [in late February]....

The company has decided to store search records from the site outside of the country in order to prevent China's government from being able to access the data without Google's consent, said Peter Norvig, Google's director of research, speaking Monday at a panel discussion at Santa Clara University. "We didn't want to be in the position of having to hand over these kinds of records to the government," he said.

Google retains information on the search queries performed by its users, along with the IP addresses associated with queries, to better understand how its search engine is being used, Norvig said....


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