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Google Shares Orkut Information With Indian Government

Be careful what you do on Orkut, Google may not be willing to protect your privacy, depending on where you live. On Monday Google revealed that it complied with Indian legal processes when handing over information about an Orkut user to Indian police.

By supplying the IP address of an individual who is alleged to have posted vulgar content about top Indian political leader Sonia Gandhia, Indian police were able to arrest a suspect.

Google says that the support free expression of users, and that the company is committed to protecting user privacy. However, Google must comply with local laws and valid legal processes.

In India, it is not uncommon for law enforcement to call upon the likes of Google and other internet companies to supply them with information on users that have broken the law.

The individual who was arrested in this case was Rahul Krishnakumar Vaid, an IT professional from Gurgaon. he has been charged in relation to the publication of obscene information in electronic content under Section 67 of India’s Information Technology Act 2000.

Not too long ago, Google handed over information to Brazilian officials during an investigation into suspected pedophiles using Orkut.

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9 thoughts on “Google Shares Orkut Information With Indian Government

  1. This is quite strange. In a supposed democracy like India if citizens will be arrested for exercising their freedom of speech then there is little hope for people. Indian police is a dumb mob of thugs which does not understand either Internet or laws.

  2. Freedom of speech is defined by a nation’s constitution and laws, not by hostility and whim.

    What’s sad is that people get upset every time a search engine complies with a legal request for private information.

    Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft should be held to the morally high imperative of obeying and abiding by the laws of the countries where they do business rather than to the pretense of acting like the world’s human rights police agencies.

  3. I am sure, Indian Police have run out of innocent people to put behind bars, or they are just trying to improvise on their various golden as to how to screw someone’s life. Anyways, nice news, but you got the politician’s last name wrong. It’s GANDHI, not ‘Gandhia’. Just, thought you should know.

  4. I am sure, Indian Police have run out of innocent people to put behind bars, or they are just trying to improvise on their various golden rules as to how to screw someone’s life. Anyways, nice news, but you got the politician’s last name wrong. It’s GANDHI, not ‘Gandhia’. Just, thought you should know.

  5. Because a company abides by local law doesn’t mean that they are “not” committed to do-no-evil.

    Indian law states that it is OK to hate someone, but to post obscenities about someone is an entirely different matter. If you don’t like that, go vote for a politician who will change that law.. or stop living in India.. :)