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    Darth Sushi's Avatar Sushi Lord
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    By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
    Published Tuesday 6th November 2007 20:43 GMT


    Police in India wrongfully arrested and detained a Bangalore man for 50 days after internet service provider Airtel mis-identified him as the person who posted images on Orkut that insulted a revered historical figure.

    Lakshmana Kailash K., a 26-year-old techie, was arrested at his home on August 31 and transported to Pune, more than 10 hours away, according to news reports. He was held for 50 days and was released three weeks after police claimed to have apprehended the real people responsible for the posting.

    Lakshmana's saga started after someone posted unflattering images of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who lived in the 17th Century and is credited by many as the founder of the Maratha empire in Western India. According to this post, authorities got the poster's IP address of from Google and then paid a visit to Airtel to find out who it belonged to. Airtel fingered Lakshmana.

    Google has said repeatedly it has no option but to cooperate with official law enforcement inquiries - such as this case. Indian police are saying it's not their fault for wrongly detaining a man for 50 days. And an Airtel representative was quoted saying the company is "distressed by the severe inconvenience" caused to their customer.

    Translation: if you live in a country where freedom of speech is not protected, you can be imprisoned for weeks at a time for no other reason than you use the net. Sure, Google and your ISP may feel bad about your plight, but they certainly won't be standing behind you.

    Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11...ongful_arrest/
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    oogle has said repeatedly it has no option but to cooperate with official law enforcement inquiries
    Have they given a reason?

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    And an Airtel representative was quoted saying the company is "distressed by the severe inconvenience" caused to their customer.
    Blimey... If they were distressed, imagine what the man must have been feeling. Of course, this is arrogance in the extreme. They should feel guilty for fingering the wrong man, not distressed. That was his right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFoX View Post
    They should feel guilty for fingering the wrong man, not distressed.
    I'm sure that quotation was taken out of context and extorted to negatively portray some unproven, but not implausible relationship between law enforcement and the 'exorbitant' businesses as that which you would find in a police state.
    Last edited by Ænima; 12-04-2007 at 04:27 AM. Reason: added a comma!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Sushi View Post
    I am not that number, I am not a free man
    By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
    Published Tuesday 6th November 2007 20:43 GMT


    Police in India wrongfully arrested and detained a Bangalore man for 50 days after internet service provider Airtel mis-identified him as the person who posted images on Orkut that insulted a revered historical figure.

    Lakshmana Kailash K., a 26-year-old techie, was arrested at his home on August 31 and transported to Pune, more than 10 hours away, according to news reports. He was held for 50 days and was released three weeks after police claimed to have apprehended the real people responsible for the posting.

    Lakshmana's saga started after someone posted unflattering images of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who lived in the 17th Century and is credited by many as the founder of the Maratha empire in Western India. According to this post, authorities got the poster's IP address of from Google and then paid a visit to Airtel to find out who it belonged to. Airtel fingered Lakshmana.

    Google has said repeatedly it has no option but to cooperate with official law enforcement inquiries - such as this case. Indian police are saying it's not their fault for wrongly detaining a man for 50 days. And an Airtel representative was quoted saying the company is "distressed by the severe inconvenience" caused to their customer.

    Translation: if you live in a country where freedom of speech is not protected, you can be imprisoned for weeks at a time for no other reason than you use the net. Sure, Google and your ISP may feel bad about your plight, but they certainly won't be standing behind you.

    Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11...ongful_arrest/
    Why does google (an American-based company) need to comply with foreign authorities? Is it a part of international law? I'm new to this and don't understand. It goes without saying that this was screwed up. I hope the guy sues somebody.

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    Sounds like some company owes somebody free internet for the rest of his life.
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