Google Has Only Until Tomorrow to Deliver the Goods to Brazil’s Justice

    It ends this Friday, September 15, the time granted by Brazilian justice for Google Brasil to turn in the identifying data for 38 Brazilian Orkut users, who are charged with hatred crimes, racism and child pornography. 

    Orkut is Google’s social networking site, which has become a social phenomenon in Brazil. It is believed that half of the Brazilians with access to the Internet have created a profile in Orkut. The site has 17 million users worldwide, 75% of them Brazilians.
     
    Non compliance with the court ruling will trigger a daily fine of 1.9 million reais (about US$ 900 million), or around US$ 24,000 for every request not heeded. Next step in the process would be expelling Google and forbidding the American Internet company from doing any business in Brazil. 

    Sérgio Suiama, the São Paulo federal prosecutor who filed suit against Google based its case on a report prepared by SaferNet, a non-governmental organization that informed having received 105.971 complaints against Internet crimes, 95% of which related to illegal activities on Orkut. 

    According to Suiama, Google has not been cooperative with the Public Ministry’s work of trying to prosecute those who use the Internet to practice crimes.

    The American Congress is dealing right now with a report on Internet child pornography. The study was prepared by the House of Representatives’ Human Rights and Minorities Commission. One of the chapters also deals with Google’s lack of cooperation with the US authorities.

    In the Brazilian episode, Google from the beginning has insisted that it intends to comply with all local laws as long as everything is done in a "reasonable" way and the request for information on Internet users is sent directly to the United States, where all Orkut servers are located.

    In a note, earlier this month, the company stated: "We have given and will give Brazilian authorities information on users who abuse Orkut’s service if the request is reasonable and follows an appropriate juridical procedure."

    "Actually, we have already presented data in response to many Justice requests… We have given all the information requested in 20 cases of child pornography in the last three months."

    And the search engine giant added: "It has always been our intention to cooperate as much as possible with the crimes investigation and trial, at the same time that we take care to balance our users’ interests with the authorities requirements."

    Tags:

    • Show Comments (0)

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Ads

    You May Also Like

    Robert Amsterdam

    International Lawyer in Brazil to Denounce Chavez’ Human Rights Abuses

    Venezuelan political prisoner Eligio Cedeno's representatives are visiting Brazil this week seeking what they ...

    Brazilian Amazon deforestation

    It’s Time Brazil Let the World Help Care for the Amazon

    Brazil has responded quite harshly to rumors of foreign nations buying parts of the ...

    Subway Landslide in Brazil Swallows Bus, Cars and Trucks. 7 Feared Dead

    At least seven people are disappeared and feared dead following a landslide this afternoon ...

    Hydroelectric plant in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

    Brazil Needs to Invest US$ 88 Billion in Energy Sector to Keep Growing

    The Brazilian Ten-Year Plan (2007/2017) announced this week by the EPE (Energy Research Company), ...

    US Research Center Uses Firegames to Study Amazon Rainforest

    Fire is an important agent of transformation in the Amazon landscape. Every year, low ...

    I’ll Miss You, Fernando

    Brazilians live under threat and are easily intimidated. This belies the idea that Brazil ...

    Lula Announces Brazil Will Reach 5-Year-Plan Target One Year Ahead of Schedule

    Brazil expects to achieve the trade flow target set in the 2004-2007 Multiannual Plan ...

    Dilma Rousseff at 22

    Brazil President Says She Doesn’t Want Revenge, But She Won’t Forgive Her Torturers

    Brazil’s Benoni de Arruda Albernaz, an army captain and the head of an interrogators ...

    Lula Goes to Paris for Bastille Day and Brazil Year in France

    According to a statement by France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio ...

    zzz

    In Brazil, Raul Castro Says He’s Ready to Discuss Cuba’s Embargo with Obama

    Cuba's President Raul Castro says he is willing to discuss the 50-year-old US trade ...