DOJ sues Google to obtain private user data without a warrant

“We want to know what you are searching for.”

Federal Justice Department officials have filed a “secret lawsuit” that would force Google to deliver private user data to the government in the absence of a warrant, and without notifying the person being probed by law enforcement.

DOJ filed the lawsuit on April 22, about two weeks before news broke that government lawyers had seized Associated Press phone records. “[The lawsuit] offers a rare glimpse of how determined prosecutors are to defend a process that allows federal agents to gain warrantless access to user records.