Blaming Google For Your Own Failure To Protect Info
from the blame-anyone! dept
Everybody loves to blame Google — but perhaps people should take the time to understand how Google works before flinging around baseless lawsuits. Recently it was the NY politician who falsely accused Google of profiting off of child porn (a suit he just dropped). Now, Digg points out that a school district that exposed the names, social security numbers and test scores of over 600 students is blaming Google for the leak, saying that Google somehow got behind their password protection — which is not how Google works. The school district tries to explain how Google got behind the password protection, but the statement doesn’t make much sense: “One of the students on the list had a presence on the Web. In Google’s effort to get information on her, one of its spiders latched onto her name in this document. We were not aware that password-protected sites are set up like that.” If someone can explain what that means, that would be great. However, it certainly sounds like the school district left the information open, and doesn’t want to admit it. In the meantime, though, they’ve convinced a judge to issue an injunction to get Google to remove all info from the school district from its index — and a trespassing suit will follow (unless someone explains to them how this lawsuit is bound to fail).