The court hearing in which Google will defend its refusal to hand over millions of search terms to the U.S. government has been postponed, CNET News.com reports.
On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge James Ware bumped the hearing, originally scheduled for Feb. 27, to March 13. The judge gave no explanation for the two-week delay, CNET reports.
The hearing will determine whether or not Google will have to turn over the records to the Department of Justice (DOJ), and in turn, aid the government in an anti-pornography lawsuit scheduled for this fall.
The DOJ made similar requests for records of other search giants like Yahoo and America Online, but Google was the only company that refused to comply with the subpoena.
Google’s response is now due on Feb. 17, and the DOJ’s reply will be due one-week later, CNET reports.
For background, read Google Lawsuit to be Heard in Feb.