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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Google Subpoena Update

I have received an email from Google saying that they intend to provide "responsive documents" as to the identity of the January 27th commenter by March 19th.

The silver lining in this communication from them is that they did not have to contact me at all about this issue. This email gives the anonymous commenter a bit more time to take steps to protect him or herself.

As I have suggested before, the commenter might begin by contacting an attorney, and/or the Electronic Frontier Foundation as soon as possible.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope everyone understands the term "responsive documents" is meaningless.

Sending copies of court rulings limiting disclosure requirements would be "responsive documents."

3/13/2007 2:23 PM  
Anonymous allegro805 said...

You are correct, anonymous. Technically.

However, given that "responsive documents" COULD also be "documents" including the commenter's IP address, if you were the commenter, wouldn't you want to at least look into some kind of 'CYA' action with the EFF? Kudos to Sara for at least trying to keep the commenter abreast of what's going on between Google & Ampersand.

3/13/2007 3:33 PM  
Anonymous Noise Press said...

You might visit
The Electronic Privacy Information Center. Find out more:

3/13/2007 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A bit sobering, even for those of us who are not that anonymous commenter.

I wonder if blogs hosted on private domains, eg. wordpress and other software, would be more protective of identities than Google?


3/13/2007 6:01 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

allegro805 is correct in that the "documents" will likely include an IP address that Ampersand can follow with yet another subpoena...

As for 6:01 pm -- Google has been very responsive and I believe wants to do the right thing but with the law you are sometimes hamstrung as to how much you can do. Certainly, the commenter needs to take steps so that they have more of a reason to protect their identity. There is only so much I can do if this person does not help themselves -- I, of course, will do all I can.

3/13/2007 7:22 PM  

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