Judge Orders Google To Give Up Harassers Info

Will Tuesday's court ruling impact Google's policy of what information they keep in their search results? A New York ruled that Google had to give a woman the information of who posted and placed harassing comments on a YouTube video, though the information could just be IP addresses, CBS News reported.

The ruling while applied to actions on YouTube could have impact on search results if other plaintiffs come forward in New York and use the ruling as a precedent. Though this has yet to be tested, it could impact the controversy with sites like RipOffReport where complaints about false harassing comments have been voiced for quite some time.

"Franklin was able to get the video and comments removed by Google-owned YouTube, but that wasn't enough for her, so she sued Google to reveal the identity of her online offenders.

A Manhattan judge ruled in Franklin's favor and ordered Google to reveal the names, addresses and phone numbers of the three tormentors," CBS reported.

One wonders how long it will take others to use New York courts to get other things removed from YouTube or Google search results and the information of the people who started the problems.

About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.