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September 6, 2006

Google Agrees to Give Data to Brazilian Prosecutors

Google will obey a Brazilian judge's order to give prosecutors there stored data of individual users that could identify them as suspects in criminal activity.  Google's Orkut subsidiary is host to a popular but invitation-only social site in Brazil.  Authorities there are investigating whether members engaged in pornography, drug-dealing, organized violence, and other crimes.  Prosecutors demanded identification information for individuals and other account details.  Google had turned over some information but not everything for which prosecutors had asked. 

Google had initially wanted the Brazilian government to go through American courts to get the information.  They argued that the Brazilian subsidiary was merely a marketing office and did not retain customer information.  Google maintains that information in servers located in the United States.  The judge rejected that argument noting that the location of the servers was not relevant as the communications in question were made by Brazilians in Brazil through connections in national territory.  Google avoided fines of $23,000 per day by agreeing to turn over the data.

Stories are in TechNewsWorld, The International Herald Tribune, Red Herring, and CIO.

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