Google is set to take on the US government in court today over its refusal to hand over customer internet usage data.
The US Justice Department is demanding that Google hand over a week’s worth of random customer search data, to enable it to better protect minors from pornographic material.
The anonymous data would be used by the US government to help pass legislation that would force porn sites to issue initial log-in details to potential customers, to enable them to view their home pages.
The US government claims filtering engines do not adequately work, and the search engine records from the major search companies will prove this.
But Google says handing over the data would go against the privacy concerns of its customers and damage its business.
Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL have already handed over similar data, at the request of the Bush administration.
Google’s stance is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union.