Brazil Tries To Shut Down Google, After Talking To The Wrong People

from the take-that dept

This fight has been brewing for a while, as the Brazilian government has been demanding information from Google on certain users of its Orkut social networking site, which is used mostly by Brazilians. Now, Brazil is officially suing Google for failing to comply, and is also beginning procedures to shut down its local office in Brazil. Of course, there are a few problems with this lawsuit. First, when presented with the proper evidence, Google did shut down parts of Orkut that were being used for illegal activity. However, much more problematic is that Google has pointed out that Brazil keeps pressuring the company's Brazilian office, which is only an ad sales office and has nothing to do with Orkut at all. Google has noted repeatedly that Orkut is entirely run on U.S. soil, and therefore is subject to U.S., not Brazilian, laws. It seems a little unfair for Brazil to be punishing a totally unrelated Brazilian office just because it's what's there.
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    Brazilian guy, 24 Aug 2006 @ 7:23am

    For the folks who think that Internet companies may lack of social responsibility outside US, I would like to share some excerpts from the lawsuit moved against google in Brazil:

    Total crime noticed in the Okrut from January to August:
    Child pornography 39.185
    Apology to crimes against life 18.262
    Neonazim 13.253
    Animal cruelty and abuse 11.970
    Racism 6.512
    Religious intolerance 6.427
    Homophobia 1.804
    Xenophobia 1.014

    "The responsibility of the google's office in Brazil is just to sell, to make the business grow"
    (Alexandre Hohagen, Google Brasil Contry Manager, in a interview to the Estadao newspaper)

    "I lose sleep just thinking the gold mine that Orkut may be"
    (Alexandre Hohagen, in a interviews to the Exame magazine)

    I'm a Brazilian and I don't deny that there is a lot of corruption in my country. But most of our people are struggling to make this a better place to live.

    If a company want's to make profits somewhere, they should respect the country laws. Especially if the laws are aimed to protect childs and life. It's not a matter of International Laws... it's a matter of social responsibility

    It seems to me very odd that Google accepted Chinese censorship, but refuses colaboration when Brazilian justice asks for IP address from pedophiles.

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