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Google ordered by Australian courts to identify "libelous" bloggers

Google ordered to give up email addresses, names and IP addresses of bloggers

By Charles Gantt on Jan 16, 2013 07:58 am CST - 0 mins, 45 secs reading time

Online anonymity has been dealt yet another hard hitting blow, this time by Australian courts. In a case of defamation, the courts have ordered that Google relinquish all relevant evidentiary material about several bloggers who allegedly defamed businessman Shane Radbone.

Google ordered by Australian courts to identify libelous bloggers | TweakTown.com

The former footballer along with his wife want to sue the bloggers on accusations of defamation and up until now, the problem was that the bloggers were just anonymous faces behind a blog. The courts have given Google a total of 21 days to comply with the order, which states that Google must hand over email addresses, telephone numbers and the IP addresses provided by the person or persons who created the blog.

Google declined to comment on the case, but we know that the company has handed over details in criminal cases and criminal investigations before. It is unclear whether Google has handed over information in civil legal proceedings before, though.

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A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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