Google Ordered to Provide Email Info

September 12, 2009

Short honk: The Canadian publication National Post’s “Google Ordered to ID Authors of Emails to York University” caught my attention. If true, privacy watchers may want to note this passage from the news story:

York University has won court orders requiring Google Inc. and Canada’s two largest telecommunications companies to reveal the identities of the anonymous authors of contentious emails that accused the school’s president of academic fraud.

The article suggests that this is an “extraordinary” action. Is it? When the extraordinary become ordinary, the meaning of a word and the event to which it applies can confuse me. Would Voltaire or Swift obtained tenure at York were each alive today? I don’t know what “academic fraud” means either. That is why I am an addled goose I know.

Stephen Arnold, September 12, 2009


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