Google threatened with sanctions over data

AFP reports:

Brazilian authorities have given Google Brazil 15 days to turn over user information from websites that promote criminal activity, threatening the company with 23,000 dollars in daily fines if they do not comply.

Filed through a district court in Sao Paulo, the judicial order on Thursday noted that Google had so far “unsatisfactorily met” investigators’ data requirements, preventing them from identifying criminal elements using the Internet service.

The government, monitoring online messages for possible crimes, wants the US company to turn over users’ personal information to curb violence, racism, discrimination, pornography and child abuse.

Should Google Brazil refuse to comply fully with the demand, the judicial order provides for levying a 23,000-dollar fine for each day of non-compliance.

I suppose $23,000 a day for the rest of time adds up, but that kind of money isn’t likely to move Google. I think that’s the interest on their paper clip budget. Maybe that’s why “The interior minister is asking for 61 million dollars — one percent of Google’s worldwide gross income in 2005 — in ‘collective moral damage’ it insists Orkut has inflicted.”

I always wondered what the proper damage factor was for collective moral damage. Turns out it’s one percent of worldwide gross income. I’ll keep that in mind — that could be handy.

UPDATE:  Google complied — in Brazil, anyway.

UPDATED SOME MORE:  That was nothing compared to what’s in store for Google in Europe.

By Ron Coleman

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  1. […] Is that such an obviously bad thing for Google to do? No one is a more against Internet porn, much less child porn, than LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION — I am sure I am several clicks to the right of Glenn on that. But (a) prosecutors and Department of Justice types and, in fact, all litigators have an annoying habit of asking for a lot more than they’re entitled to when they want discovery; (2) Google has a legitimate billion-dollar business model that the aggregate search results could very conceivably compromise, especially without a protective order; and (3) Google is a business, not a utility or a public trust in any sense, and it is not clear at all to me why the data it generates on the backs of its investors’ money should be provided to any government free of charge for its own purposes. Glenn — you’re the libertarian here, right? High moral ground “indeed”! […]

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