An Australian court has asked Google to identify an anonymous user who is understood to have made a very negative comment about a Melbourne dentist,media reported. Dr. Matthew Kabbabe said that about three months ago, a user’s comments were enough to “stay away” from his clinic, to the detriment of his business.
According to the judge’s ruling, Google must hand over any details that identify users, including location metadata and the IP addresses of users posted under the name CBsm 23. In addition, it must provide information about other Google accounts from the same IP address. In November, Google rejected Kabbabe’s request to remove negative comments and earlier this month refused to identify users, according to Mark Stanarevic, a lawyer for Kabbabe. He said Google told his customers that the company had no way to investigate when or where the ID was created.
Stanarevic told Australian media The Age that Kabbabe wanted to use any information gathered to take legal action against CBsm 23. “We want to know who it is; it could be a competitor, it could be a former employee, and we don’t know about that.” “
In Australia, courts can force the deletion of some online content under their libel laws, and while large companies cannot sue under these laws, small businesses and non-profit organizations can. If you want to successfully sue, you are guaranteed to prove that the comment must refer to the person indirectly or directly.