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Google bows to Israeli court, provides blogger IP address

Google (opens in new tab) has been hailed as a privacy champion after refusing several times to release data regarding its users.

However, things appear to change at Googleplex as Google Israel has agreed to supply the IP address of an Israeli blogger who has been accused by the local authorities of "slandering" three local councillors.

The blogger was using Google's Blogger.com service to publish articles which were found to be defamatory in nature in an Israeli court of justice.

Whether Google plans to do the same in other countries, like China or Russia, will prove to be a clincher in deciding whether Google is a winner or whimpering wimp.

A Google Spokesman (opens in new tab) though made it clear that the Search Engine company has a clear "terms and conditions" document which stipulates that whoever violates the law of the land might find himself or herself in trouble.

Yahoo has been criticised (opens in new tab) several times (opens in new tab) for disclosing information about a Yahoo user.

But there's a fundamental difference between Yahoo and Google when it came to disclosing the information according to Techcrunch (opens in new tab), Yahoo was presented with a legal demand for information on an anonymous user, Google has voluntarily provided this information in Israel.

And that might create a nasty precedent.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.