Orkut user Krishnakumar Vaid has learnt this the hard way ! He stands to to be imprisoned for nearly 5 years and fined upto 1 lakh rupees if found guilty.
Here is the news:
Google has issued a statement regarding sharing the user data and IP address of Krishnakumar Vaid (22), who posted vulgar content about Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi. The search engine major said that they complied with Indian Legal process and gave the information regarding the Orkut.com user to police.
Google spokeswoman said in a statement that Google is committed to protect user privacy, but the company complies with local laws. As the information was required to trace the user for further investigation, Google helped the police to find the user from his IP. The accused user was using Bharti Airtel’s internet services.
Vaid was arrested by Pune police and has been charged under Section 67 of IT Act, 2000. The complaint was filed by a local Congress party activist Amol Bhokare who saw the content being posted in a user community “I hate Sonia Gandhi”. [source]
What do you think? Is it fair on part of Google/ Orkut to divulge the details of its users?
So every comment or scrap you make on Orkut (or for that matter anywhere else) could be seen by someone and if he finds it offending he can report to Police, and if Police asks to furnish the details of the user, Google does it to comply with Indian legal processes.
Does that sound fair?
I am not supporting what this Orkut user has done, but don’t you think Google should use some discretion while divulging details looking at the overall seriousness of situation. I am not sure if this situation was serious enough !
Wanted to know what the readers feel about this.