The US Department of Justice is after information from Search engines. It has requested Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and American Online to turn over parts of their databases. The objective is to protect children from online pornography. Google has resisted to turn over records on queries made by its users, but the Dept. of Justice is now trying to force Google to release this information. Using search engines has become a part of our everyday, if not everymoment, lives. It should not become a way into our private information. For the time being the savvy people can try to protect themselves by deleting cookies and other methods, but it will be necessary to clear this up. Far too much of our lives are now tied up in these databases, and the mining of it for commercial or other purposes is a real breach of our private identities. More on the BBC from Bill Thompson.