Google does a Yahoo

November 8, 2007 at 10:53 pm Leave a comment

You’ve got to feel sorry for this guy. His only crime was that he used an incompetent ISP. And, once Google decided to do a Yahoo in India, the result was 50 days in jail.

About a year back, riots broke out in the city of Pune located in the Indian state of Maharashtra. People were upset about the insulting images posted on Google’s social networking site, Orkut, of their revered 17th century hero Chhatrapati Shivaji.

Unlike the NZ police, the Indian police got Google to reveal the offending IP address. Then they got the customer’s details, Bangalore techie Lakshmana Kailash K, from the ISP (Bharti Airtel) and promptly arrested him.

Only, the ISP fingered the wrong person. Oops.

He spent 50 days in jail. Worse, police only let him go three weeks after arresting the real culprits. Said the police, “Yes, we made a mistake. So what?” Uh, let’s start with jailing the wrong person?

The ISP’s response was even more fascinating, “We are in touch with the customer…We have conducted a thorough investigation and will take appropriate action.” They didn’t quite specify what would be appropriate for a mistake of this magnitude.

What they did was to send Lakshmana a text message two days after he was released from jail warning him that his bill was overdue. And then followed that up by sending a collection agent. So that’s what they meant by “appropriate action”.

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Entry filed under: authentication, identity, personal_info, privacy, Web_2.0.

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