Google is an outfit that doesn’t much respect its users’ privacy for its own purposes. If you use G-Mail, you can get ads based on the contents of your email; Google cookies will outlive your computer (follow the link below to see why).
But Google is standing up to the Miss Grundies in the current Federal Administration to ensure that only Google can mess with what you do on Google (and you do pretty much assume that risk by using Google, don’t you?):
The US Department of Justice has taken Google to court, demanding it hand over all searches made in a one week period. It’s a fishing expedition, unconnected with any ongoing criminal prosecution. The DOJ wants the information to back up its attempt to revive an anti-pornography law derailed by the Supreme Court two years ago.
The subpoena was issued last year, and Google refused the request – but we only learn of the case (this–sic) week, via a San Jose Mercury News report. The DoJ has now ordered a Federal Judge to force Google to comply.
(aside) If someone needs a search engine to find pr0n on the internet, he or she (yes, she) really doesn’t belong on the internet anyway.