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However, Google saves the search under the user’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, thereby establishing a record of these interests. The user’s IP address is a person’s computer address, which uniquely defines his or her Internet identity in terms of the data that is collected under it. While Google provides information about its “privacy policy,” the information is not directly accessible or prominently placed on the homepage. Instead a user must click on two links before reaching a statement on how information is collected and used.

16 This requirement was intended to ensure that its reporting would remain free from bias and undue influence. S. 18 The Google/DoubleClick Merger In a sense, companies such as ChoicePoint and Thomson Reuters are less formidable violators of privacy than companies such as Google. This is because the former companies are quite candid about the fact that their primary business is to amass personal information. Not so with companies like Google. For millions of Internet users, entering search terms into Google’s search engine is seen as a way of acquiring information.

When news media such as the New York Times fail to do their job of vigilantly investigating and publicizing government corruption, there can be no reasonable expectation that such an awesome power to spy on even the most intimate and private conversations of millions of Americans in the name of “national security” will not continue to be systematically abused in the future. The 2008 FISA Amendments Act also preempted legal recourse by American citizens to file suit against telecommunication companies for unlawful searches and seizures of their electronic communications (phone and e-mail messages as well as Internet searches).

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