Laptop Magazine recently did an article questioning Google's power in the internet market. They are about as big as Microsoft now. And the POV of the writing was that Google may be untrustworthy with all that power.
However, in 2004, Homeland Security demanded that all these large corporations, who have the ability through their servers to see almost everything you do on line, turn over this personal information to them, ahem, in the interests of 'national security' of course. Microsoft complied, Yahoo complied, and America Online complied. SILENTLY supplying data to Department of Justice.
Google did NOT and demanded in return, that the US government abide by the law and issue search warrants for personal information of citizens. The challenge by Google was in the interests of privacy and respect for the law.
This means that Microsoft, AIM, Yahoo, these are like your Facebook info folks, the day to day jabber that YOU may think is harmless, went to the US government to pour over, looking under YOUR bed for 'terrorists'! Looking in YOUR closet for fleshy skeletons. Every time you searched out something it was recorded and forwarded to Big Brother. If you searched out Barak Obama, and mis-typed the word to Osama, YOU are now on a terrorist watch list somewhere.
Don't laugh. The worst is that they did it without a squeak of protest and didn't TELL you ... EXCEPT for Google, they had the guts to stand up to the challenge on your behalf and the government backed down on their warrantless searches in that case.
If Google is to become God, at least they're fighting that devil we know as the US government.
Let's hope Michael the Warrior angel is on their side too.
Clear out your closet and dust under your bed, they're there.