The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked a federal judge in San Jose, Calif., to set a 21-day deadline for when Google must hand over records related to its users’ search habits, CNET News.com reports.
Google first received the subpoena asking it to turn over the records to the DOJ in January, to aid in the government’s defense of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), but it refused, claiming that doing so would violate its users’ privacy and the Electronics Communications Privacy Act, according to CNET.
Other search bigwigs like America Online and Yahoo also received the subpoena, and they complied without protest.
In documents submitted to the San Jose court on Thursday, the DOJ asked U.S. District Court Judge James Ware to impose the deadline because it needs Google’s response before May 3, the date by which the Philadelphia judge overseeing the COPA case has requested all pertinent information be turned in, CNET reports.
The 21-day deadline would begin as soon as Judge Ware rules on the case, according to CNET. Judge Ware is scheduled to hear the case tomorrow, March 14, and he could rule at anytime during the hearing or thereafter, CNET reports.
For more background, read Google Shifts Search Records Out of China, Google Formally Rejects DOJ Subpoena, Google Subpoena Hearing Postponed and Google Lawsuit to be Heard in Feb.
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