Essay: Google Blimp Technologies

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[. . .] However, by using the search engine feature as well there are countless opportunities to find international companies that will ship drugs that are illegal in the United States. There are many of these companies that will appear on a search and even some YouTube videos that will describe the process to import illegal drugs. The U.S. Department of Justice described the process like this (The United States Department of Justice, 2011):

The shipment of prescription drugs from pharmacies outside the United States to customers in the United States typically violates the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and in the case of controlled prescription drugs, the Controlled Substances Act. Google was aware as early as 2003, that generally, it was illegal for pharmacies to ship controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs into the United States from Canada.

The importation of prescription drugs to consumers in the United States is almost always unlawful because the FDA cannot ensure the safety and effectiveness of foreign prescription drugs that are not FDA-approved because the drugs may not meet FDA's labeling requirements; may not have been manufactured, stored and distributed under proper conditions; and may not have been dispensed in accordance with a valid prescription. While Canada has its own regulatory rules for prescription drugs, Canadian pharmacies that ship prescription drugs to U.S. residents are not subject to Canadian regulatory authority, and many sell drugs obtained from countries other than Canada which lack adequate pharmacy regulations.

Google searches can be a powerful tool to find information. However, this tool can also be used to find information that is against the law. In this case, Google actually sold ads to companies that were knowingly breaking the law. In this case, the courts deemed that Google was negligent and they were forced to pay a fine. However, even though Google is not violating any laws, they can provide the information that is necessary for others to have the opportunity to break the law. This puts an interesting perspective on Google's role in providing the access to information. On one hand, there is a guaranteed right to free speech, however on the other hand Google can provide information to some things that are clearly wrong. Therefore there must be a line drawn somewhere and that line is far from clear.

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