School Granted Temporary Injunction Against Google for Hacking Into Site?

Jun 26, 2006 • 8:00 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Legal Issues in Search

The most ridiculous case I have seen in that past week, was brought to my attention via a DigitalPoint Forum thread. They link to articles at JournalNow and at The Inquirer that is named, "Google "hacked our website"."

The schools claim that Google's search engine spider grabbed information they shouldn’t have and posted it on the Interweb.

The data included the names, Social Security numbers and test scores of 619 students which are still available online when the page was removed by the schools.

There is no way Google can type in a username or password into a form box. Someone at the school must of left something open, some how. Either a URL was posted that contained a direct link to the information, via some sort of password embedded in the URL to enable access.

I agree, the judge is right, Google should remove this data from the index ASAP. "The temporary injunction, granted by the Honorable Richard D. Boner, calls for Google to remove any information pertaining to Catawba County Schools Board of Education from its server and index..." But "and alleges conversion and trespass against the corporation," is out right crazy.

Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums.

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