Authors, Privacy Watchdogs Press Judge to Block Google Book Search Deal

The battle over Google’s right to access and control millions of digitized books moved to a New York court today. From Network World‘s Buzzblog:

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A group of prominent authors and privacy advocates, including the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation, is urging a New York judge this morning to reject a proposed deal that would grant Google access to and control over millions of digitized books.

The authors include security expert Bruce Schneier, as well as best-sellers Michael Chabon and Jonathan Lethem. …

This morning at 10 a.m. was the deadline for that New York judge to stop accepting comments on the case from interested parties, of which there have been plenty.

Indeed there have. Here’s coverage of the ongoing arguments from BayNewser and WebNewser.

The crux of the argument against the settlement is detailed in a press release from the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

[T]he sweeping agreement to digitize millions of books ignores critical privacy rights for readers and writers.

The coalition is concerned that Google’s collection of personal identifying information about users who browse, read, and make purchases online at Google Book Search will chill their readership.

Meanwhile, reports that European Union officials offer only “tepid” praise for the settlement. Which, when you think about it, really isn’t praise.