AP via N.Y. Times: Google Inc.’s concerns that a Bush administration demand to examine millions of its users’ Internet search requests would violate privacy rights are unwarranted, the Justice Department said Friday in a court filing.

The 18-page brief argued that because the information provided would not identify or be traceable to specific users, privacy rights would not be violated.

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Truthdig says: This could lead to the most-fevered “U.S. v. Technology Firm” trial since the Microsoft antitrust case. Check out an excellent Truthdig essay on the issue here.

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