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trackmenot: resisting surveillance in web search

In August 2005, public awareness of the ubiquitous practices of logging and analyzing users’ Web search activities was heightened when front-page articles in the mainstream press revealed that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) had issued a subpoena to Google for one week’s worth of search query records (absent identifying information) and a random list of one million URLs from its Web index. These records were requested in order to bolster the government’s defense of the constitutionality of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), then under challenge…

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