In an attempt to fight back, Google sues Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, claiming unjustified attacks and that the attorney has violated federal laws:
“Because Attorney General Hood’s 79-page subpoena constitutes an unjustified attack that violates well-established U.S. laws governing Internet platforms and online intermediaries, we are today asking a federal court to set that subpoena aside.” says Google’s Public Policy Blog.
In the 44 pages document Google claims that, for the past year and a half Jim Hood has threatened Google with a lawsuit unless it agrees to eliminate from its search engine certain sharing sites from YouTube, ad systems, or others such as: websites, videos, or ads not created by Google, that the attorney considers dangerous.
In his 79 page subpoena the attorney demanded for Google to hand over data from the search engine’s system. Hood’s representatives have responded, by saying that Google hasn’t been willing to cooperate. This subpoena contained detailed explanations on the requests made to Google that the tech giant offer access to specific documents. According to the same subpoena, Google had “sent more than 99,000 jumbled, unsearchable documents in a data dump.”
Hood wants to prove that Google is violating the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act. and has served Google with a subpoena of 79 pages in October 2013.
The attorney says that Google has been facilitating several illegal online activities from making drug sales easy, to online piracy or human trafficking, and he claims that Google has been profiting and keeps profiting from all of these situations.
Hood stated that the ones put in danger by Google are mostly kids and teenagers. He wanted to demonstrate how easy it is to be a “criminal” or to find illegal prescription drugs via google. You just type the words of interest , and google will lead you straight to it:
“Some kid in Mississippi types in, ‘Buy drugs,’ they’re going to find a way to buy some.””If they’re stealing music and movies and software, that’s bad, that’s a crime. And if Google’s assisting them, that’s a crime.” Hood said.
In its defense Google has mentioned the Communications Decency Act of 1996, an act which regulates online publishers or search engines and federal
laws regarding copy writing and importation of drugs.
Even more, Google has implied that the attacks of Hood have been motivated and supposedly financed by the Motion Picture Association of America. In November MPAA has started a campaign against the tech company, when Sony has been attacked by hackers and extremely sensitive emails and data were stolen and leaked allover the internet. Jim Hood has promptly denied any involvement and has called out everyone who has information or evidence that can prove Google’s illegal acts.
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