News this week that the Justice Department is asking a federal court to compel Google to turn over records of millions of its users’ search queries is shocking and disturbing. Worse yet, America Online, Yahoo and MSN have already complied with the subpoena.

For anyone who would rather not leave behind a trail of their search queries for government investigators to examine, there is a way to search Google and Yahoo anonymously — it is called Scroogle. Its search proxy sends your queries through Google and returns the results free of ads and cookies, circumventing Google’s tracking.

To learn more about Google and privacy, visit Scroogle’s companion site, Google Watch.