A battle under way between internet-search giant Google Inc. and the federal government could have huge implications for online privacy on one hand and the government's ability to regulate access to what it considers objectionable on the other. A government effort to revive the 1998 Child Online Protection Act (COPA), ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, is behind the current court fight.

Google Inc. is rebuffing the Bush administration's demand for access to what millions of people have been looking up on the internet's leading search engine--a request that underscores the potential for online


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