/ August 25, 2009

Google to Be Sued for Identifying an Anonymous Blogger

Rosemary Port is suing Google for identifying her as the anonymous blogger who had nasty things to say about Liskula Cohen.  Google identified Port under a court order.  Now, Port and her lawyer, Salvatore Strazzullo, are threatening to sue Google in federal court for $15 million dollars. 

Port’s argument is that Google has a fiduciary duty to protect her expectation of anonymity.  Port also argues that, under the First Amendment, she has the right to speak anonymously and that this right should extend to the internet.

Privacy groups are worried about the effect this case could have on internet speech going forward.  The court may need to address questions like:

Does the First Amendment protect the right to remain anonymous while using the Internet while speaking about others?

Is Internet speech meaningless chatter or can be proven to be accusations that are false and defamatory?

Source: TechnologyLive and ABA Journal

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