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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 2 Feb 2008 @ 8:24pm

    I'm thinking here how to suit a brazilian company, that's usually comes to this country get money from the people that work hard here, and still have to show to them passport, what's wrong with this picture if in Brazil the country still can not take care theirs corporation politian, or brasilians still thinking they are doing so hard to love their poorly country that can't take responsabilities for their people if Brazil wants shown to international comunites some clarities better start some Honesty in all it's level, Shame... another scam used by thse were educated outside. Now my dear brazilian guys Imagine if you will run those numbers in Brazil.
    World champion in Burocracia.
    more than 60 milhoes of process hold at theirs justice system
    50.000 brasilians die each year in their roads
    without intituicoes solidas the country goes destroing it self.
    Politic profession to be rich with public money, they Rob from the bottom to the top, and top tp bottom 80% of munipal verbs desapears for the corruption and bad aplication of money. To rob is call improbability admnistrativa. a tipica solution of jeitinho brasileiro.

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