3/10/2006

Brazil tries to seize data on users of Google’s Orkut

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:47 pm

Brazilian authorities said on Friday they will seek warrants to seize information on hundreds of users on the Orkut social network, operated by search engine giant Google Inc., for suspected Internet crimes.

Sergio Suiama, a federal public prosecutor at the cyber-crimes unit of the Public Ministry, said the ministry will seek warrants to investigate Brazilian users suspected of publishing child pornography and drug trafficking on Orkut.

The request for warrants would be based on a report by the nongovernmental group Safernet, http://www.safernet.org.br, which monitors crime on the Internet, Suiama said.

Suiama met on Friday afternoon with Alexandre Hohagen, the director of Google Inc.’s local subsidiary, Google Brasil, and Safernet President Thiago Nunes de Oliveira.

Orkut’s terms of service prohibit illegal activity including child pornography as well as hate speech and advocating violence, a Google spokeswoman said.

“Google Brasil was sensible and was willing to help (in the investigations), but it will seek guidance from headquarters in the United States,” said Suiama.

Source: Reuters

 

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