NYTimes.com January 25, 2006 Internet Users Thinking Twice Before a Search

Kathryn Hanson, a former telecommunications engineer who lives in  Oakland,
Calif., was looking at BBC News online last week when she came across an
item about a British politician who had resigned over a reported  affair
with a "rent boy."

It was the first time Ms. Hanson had seen the term, so, in search of a
definition, she typed it into Google. As Ms. Hanson scrolled through the
results, she saw that several of the sites were available only to people
over 18. She suddenly had a frightening thought. Would Google have to
inform the government that she was looking for a rent boy - a young male

Ms. Hanson, 45, immediately told her boyfriend what she had done. "I  told
him I'd Googled 'rent boy,' just in case I got whisked off to some Navy
prison in the dead of night," she said.

Ms. Hanson's reaction arose from last week's reports that as part of its
effort to uphold an online pornography law, the Justice Department  had
asked a federal judge to compel Google to turn over records on millions of
its users' search queries. Google is resisting the request, but three of its
competitors - Yahoo, MSN and America Online - have turned over similar


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