A COURT in Australia has told internet search and services giant Google that it must hand over the details of people that write blogs and say bad things about a local businessman.
The court in South Australian Adelaide sided with ex-footballer Shane Radbone and his wife Victoria Radbone, reports the Herald Sun, and agreed that they should get access to the people behind the Blogger accounts.
There are five disparaging blogs, all running on Blogger, and Master Mark Blumberg has ordered Google to disclose who writes them within three weeks. We do not know what they were saying.
The newspaper said that Google did not attend the court session and will have to be told separately that it the must provide the email addresses, telephone numbers and the IP addresses belonging to those involved.
Google will do this if pushed, and publishes a Transparency report in an effort to be as open about it as possible. However, this is a civil case, and would not be covered in that report. We asked Google to comment, it declined.
Last year and also in Australia Google was told that it would have to bend to the wishes of an individual who had been linked in its search results to a criminal fraternity, and was told off, rather sternly, for not deleting data collected by its vacuum cleaner-like, WiFi connection bearing Street View cars. µ