Rosemary Port has accused Google of failing to protect her right to privacy when it released her name and other details to Vogue cover model Liskula Cohen.
Miss Cohen had become concerned that someone in her private circle was releasing personal information when a blog post said she was a “psychotic, lying, whoring … skank”
But Miss Port, a 29-year-old fashion student, told the New York Daily News that Miss Cohen had attacked attention to the remarks by demanding that Google release the records of ownership and traffic to the site on Google’s blogger.com.
Miss Port was identified as the author of a site on Google’s Blogger.com that had published anonymous remarks about Miss Cohen’s hygiene and sexual habits.
Miss Cohen sued to have the blogger identified, arguing that the comments on the site were defamatory.
“This has become a public spectacle and a circus that is not my doing,” said Miss Port. “By going to the press, she defamed herself,”
“Before her suit, there were probably two hits on my Web site: One from me looking at it, and one from her looking at it,” Port said. “That was before it became a spectacle. I feel my right to privacy has been violated.”
“When I was being defended by attorneys for Google, I thought my right to privacy was being protected,” Port said. “But that right fell through the cracks. Without any warning, I was put on a silver platter for the press to attack me. I would think that a multi-billion dollar conglomerate would protect the rights of all its users.”
Salvatore Strazzullo, her lawyer, said the organisation had breached a fiduciary duty to protect her expectation of anonymity. He said: “I’m ready to take this all the way to the Supreme Court.” –Telegraph