Defamation on the internet: Google told to disclose details of anonymous blogger

A high Court Judge in London has ordered Google Inc. to disclose to a UK victim of internet defamation data and personal details which it holds in relation to a user who utilised Google’s Blogger to exclusively spread defamation against a UK based businessman.

On Monday 23 January 2012, Google was told by a High Court Judge to have information, which includes the blog owner’s user name, email address and IP address disclosed to Pinder Reaux, lawyers acting for the claimant.

Google will also need to had over information about the Gmail account associated with the creator of the Blog as well as other data which will help identify the anonymous user.

A further order to have a claim form against Google Inc. served outside the jurisdiction was also granted by the Judge, opening the gates for a future claim against Google, as a party to a defamation claim in the UK.

It is believed that this is the first time that such an order was granted by a UK court in relation to defamation proceedings on Blogger with a UK based victim.

Google now has 21 days to comply with the order which Pinder Reaux are hoping will provide their client with sufficient information to pursue the anonymous blogger.

Pinder Reaux, representing the Claimant, said: “This ruling may signal the beginning of a shift in the behaviour of internet users who can no longer be allowed to hide behind a cloak of anonymity…”

Pinder Reaux & Associates