Google data order

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By  Published  September 8, 2006

A court in Brazil has ruled that Google must disclose data of users of its social networking site Orkut as part of an investigation into the site’s online communities.

The court has ordered Google’s local office to provide information of users who have been accused of crimes such as racism or child pornography within 15 days or to risk a daily fine of 50,000 reais (US$23,255) per case.

Google executives in Brazil have said that it is impossible to reveal the information as all clients’ data is stored in the US and is subject to US laws.

“The fact that the data are stored in the United States has no relevance as all the photographs and messages investigated by the prosecutors’ office were published by Brazilians using internet connections on the national territory,” the ruling stated.

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