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America Online recently released the search queries of more than 650,000 of its users for ?research? purposes. The data contained three months' worth of searches that were attached to unique user IDs. No names were included with the release, but private information was easily gleaned from some of the queries.

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The U.S. government pushes back at the search giant, insisting that a request to examine millions of Internet users' search queries would not violate privacy rights. This could lead to the most fevered technology trial since the Microsoft antitrust case. Check out an excellent Truthdig essay on the issue here.

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For years, we've been supplying the oracles of Google and Yahoo with the most intimate details our personal health, political leanings, and secret obsessions.

The government is already combing through Internet archives.

Mark Malseed, co-author of the international bestseller "The Google Story," argues that it's time we started asking better questions about our queries. For years, we've been supplying the oracles of Google and Yahoo with the most intimate details our personal health, political leanings, and secret obsessions. It's time we started asking better questions about our queries.

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