posted on Oct, 4 2009 @ 01:22 PM
There is a fairly pervasive corruption scandal brewing around the Turks & Caicos and corrupt politicians. Google, whose mantra has been "Do No
Evil" seems to have no problem with outing the whistle-blowers.
A resort developer has obtained a court order requiring Google Inc. to help uncover the identities of anonymous contributors to an online newspaper
that posted articles linking him to government corruption in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
August 28 subpoena, issued by the Superior Court, County of Santa Clara, as part of a "libel tourism" action taken by non-US property
developers, demands detailed information about the operators of "email@example.com". The account is the main email address of the TCI Journal,
the most influential journal covering the Turks & Caicos Islands. The Islands are a tourist mecca and tax haven in the Caribbean sea, and until August
14 were an independent British protectorate.
Google has elected to keep extensive, non-anoymized records on its users, but not defend these records from disclosure. This combination, together
with inequitable access to justice in Californian courts, is toxic.
So.. if you use G-mail. Beware. Google will apparently sell you out at the drop of a hat.
Off Site data backup, outsourced data Wharehousing, 3rd party email exchanges, even social networking sites and groups have spread like wildfire
throughout the Internet. Companies tout their services by advertising that they will do the nuanced grunt-work of maintaining this infrastructure for
you... all at a nominal fee. That eveything is safe.
Naysayers have stated that private data becomes available to anyone who really wants it. This is countermanded by promises that the data is secure.
Secure? Secure and invulnerable to a court order? Then the well worn argument of "if you are not involved in illegal activity" idea tends to pop
Well, how about if you are involved in exposing illegal activity... activity of people with deep pockets and a ready access law firm to sue and sling
subpoenas... or even a government who is not happy that it has been exposed as a party to the wrong doing?
How secure is your data now?
[edit on 4-10-2009 by RoofMonkey]