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Google trouble in Brazil

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Posted August 24, 2006 by admin in Internet

It’s possible Google may be shut-down in Brazil and face a $61 million fine if it doesn’t hand over user information associated with one of its social networking sites, Orkut. The case revolves around Google refusing to hand over data on those accused of running criminal activites, including child pornography on google owned Orkut.

The problem is that the Sao Paulo based federal prosecutor’s office alleges that pages on Google’s Orkut social networking site are used to promote child porn and other criminal activity. So the prosecutor wants a federal judge to order Google Brazil to hand over the data on users associated with those pages. Google maintains that as the data is housed on a server in the US, the request should be made to Google headquarters in the US.

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