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Google Brazil Fined for Gmail Refusal


Google: Homage to Kandinsky


Source: Jornal O Globo

Topic: Privacy

SÃO PAULO – In a decision by the Brazilian judge in charge of the  Car Wash scandal, Google Brasil had R$ 2.1 million blocked for refusing to intercept e-mails to and from investigation targets … according to the daily “Folha de S. Paulo”. In 2013, the Folha reports, the judge order Google to intercept four Gmail accounts at the request of the Federal Police during an investigation into the activities of a gray-market currency trader, or doleira.

Google handed over general data on the accounts, but the federal police needed a way to monitor, in real time, copies of the messages exchanged by the addresses (known as a “mirror” account) According to the Folha, the company said it would only create the mirror accounts if the Ministry of Justice reached an understanding with the U.S. Department of Justice.

The judge then decided to fine Google R$10,000 per day until the judge’s order was obeyed. A week later, the court increased the fine for R$ 50,000. Judge Moro’s decision includes blocking a bank account containing R$ 2.1 milhões.

Federal magistrate Sérgio Moro is the judge assigned to the Petrobras bribery case.

In the appeal filed by Google attorneys, it was argued that Google Brasil is a subsidiary of Google Inc.

Why is that important or telling?

Sought for comment by  O GLOBO on Monday, the company issued a note saying that the matter is “strictly confidential.”

“Google is following the orders of the court, but given the confidential nature of the case, cannot comment further,” according to the note.