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Google hands over data to Brazil

Just ask and ye shall receive
Thu Apr 24 2008, 07:16

GOOGLE HAS GIVEN punters' personal data to the Brazilian government, because the authorities asked nicely.

The 'might do a bit of evil if we feel like it' outfit seems to have ignored its vow of confidentiality and rolled over when Brazilian senators asked them to hand over details on some suspected paedophiles, as predicted by the INQUIRER.

More than 3,261 password-protected files were stuck in Google's social notworking site Orkut. The authorities were convinced that the files were packed full of kiddie porn and wanted to see.

A member of the senate commission, Demostenes Torres, told Globo television (no really) that coppers believed that Orkut was the place for sexual predators of children to hang out. He was convinced that the files would result in 200 pedophiles being banged up.

Apparently Google has had a few meetings with the Brazilian government about developing a plan to systematically turn over data on punters using Orkut to Inspector Knacker of the Brasilia Yard.

If this goes ahead it would be a 'hard blow' for paedophiles, Torres claimed.

To be fair, Google did not give the data that willingly. The government did threaten it a bit with criminal and civil lawsuits if it did not obey orders. µ



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