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“Skank” Blogger Suing Google for $15M for Breach of Anonymity

I’m somewhat blown away by the hypocrisy of Rosemary Port–the blogger uncovered as the author of Skanks in NYC.

What’s your reaction to this statement by Port:

"…Without any warning, I was put on a silver platter for the press to attack me. I would think that [Google] would protect the rights of all its users."

We’ll get to her planned $15 million lawsuit against Google in a minute, but first…

REALLY?

She was put on a platter for the press to attack her? Did she afford Liskula Cohen anything different?

OK, back to the lawsuit. Port is threatening…

…she’ll charge Google "breached its fiduciary duty to protect her expectation of anonymity," said her high-powered attorney Salvatore Strazzullo. "I’m ready to take this all the way to the Supreme Court," Strazzullo said.

I’m not an attorney, but Richard Koman is, and he’s placing Port in a "legal time-out":

To create such a relationship between a company and someone who creates a free blogging account makes a mockery of the relationship. And what is the duty to protect anonymity? That is definitely not listed in the treatises’ lists of fiduciary duties.

At this point, you’d think this scandal is about to become one big mess of lawsuits, but at least one has been taken off the table. Having publicly outed Port, Cohen has decided not to pursue any legal action against her.

So, now we’re just left with the following to work out. Does a blogger have the right to anonymity? And, does Google have a fiduciary responsibility to protect that anonymity?

  • http://www.govisithawaii.com Sheila

    Hmmm…this phrase comes to mind, “Those living in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

    I think Port would be wise to just let this situation slip into history. A lawsuit will only keep her evil deeds regurgitated over and over. Does she want that?
    .-= Sheila´s last blog ..Wrapping Up The 50 Facts About Hawaii Series =-.

  • http://sayreonline.com/blog Brennan

    Not only is she being hypocritical but she has no case as Google says nowhere in their terms of use that they will protect the identity of the bloggers. I guess she is getting a taste of her own medicine now.
    .-= Brennan´s last blog ..How To Handle Negative Reviews Online =-.

  • http://www.theistudio.com/muse/ Judith

    Can dish it out, but can’t take it? When you use a free service, read the TOS before you make claims of what are your “rights”!

    If she were on her own hosting with domain privacy protection, she may have had a better chance of protecting her anonymity. Without that, all bets are off.
    .-= Judith ´s last blog ..Abstract WordPress Premium Theme =-.

  • http://YouBrandInc.com Brian Fanslau

    This “Lawsuit” will not go anywhere. When people sign up for these Blogs they must know that their Identity will be found out especially if they become popular.
    .-= Brian Fanslau´s last blog ..How to Create Your Personal Brand Story =-.

  • http://www.bigpictureweb.com Josh Braaten

    Ok so let me get this straight…. Port is blaming Google for forking over court-ordered information?

    That’s like suing your landlord for honoring a search warrant that turns up stolen goods.

    It was Port that created the cause for investigation. It was Port’s actions that brought on the investigation. It was Port’s behavior words that caused all this trouble.

    Some people’s kids….
    .-= Josh Braaten´s last blog ..Internet Meetups for Minneapolis, St. Paul and Beyond =-.

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  • http://www.recoverybull.com Garcia Roberts

    I think Rosemary Port is right. Google breaks the law of keeping user anonymous.