Just Using Google Not Enough In County Search For Man Who Owed Taxes
from the don't-forget-the-other-ways dept
Two years ago we wrote about a case where a judge ruled that someone who was required to do a full search to reach someone should have known to try a Google search. In that case, the original person hadn’t bothered to look online, and concluded that the other person was unfindable — while a simple Google search proved that to be untrue. A new case, however, presents a slightly different situation: what if you only did a Google search? That’s what folks from Northampton County did in trying to track down a guy who owed back taxes. They were unable to find him via Google, even though a phone book lookup would have found his correct phone number. A court has now ruled that just using Google isn’t sufficient. So, for those of you keeping score (or being required by law to track down some missing people), this means that (a) you should use Google in your search, but (b) you shouldn’t rely on only Google.