Rosemary Port Files $15 Million Lawsuit Against Google
Rosemary Port says her privacy was violated
Rosemary Port, the blogger behind “Skanks in NYC,” is suing the biggest company in the world. OK, so I don’t really know if Google is the biggest company in the world, but I am assuming it is.
In any case, Google revealed Rosemary Port’s identity last week after a judge ordered them to. Now Rosemary Port is suing Google for $15 million. Of course, Google isn’t going to need credit repair or anything if Rosemary Port wins her suit — that amount of money is pocket change to them.
Technically Incorrect reports:
Last week, a judge ordered Google to reveal the name of a blogger who may have defamed Vogue model Liskula Cohen. Now Rosemary Port, whose “Skanks in NYC” blog suggested Cohen was a “skank” … among other potentially negative descriptions, is now turning a little of her “frank in NYC” wrath on Google.
You may be moved a little by Port’s logic. Firstly, she told the New York Daily News that it was Cohen who caused all the fuss: “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 (…) That was before it became a spectacle. I feel my right to privacy has been violated.”
Who is Rosemary Port?
Rosemary Port is a 29-year old student at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She used to have a blog hosted on Google’s Blogger, which is where she posted mean stuff about Cohen. When Cohen saw it she flipped and demanded that Google reveal the identity of the person behind the comments. Now Rosemary Port is counter-suing. Technically incorrect reports:
“When I was being defended by attorneys for Google, I thought my right to privacy was being protected,” Rosemary Port told the News.
However, once the judge made her order, things changed. “I would think that a multibillion dollar conglomerate would protect the rights of all its users,” said Port. Her attorney, Salvatore Strazzullo, told the Daily News that Google “breached its fiduciary duty to protect her expectation of anonymity.”
The cause of the fight
Technically Incorrect says the reason these two women had a falling out was because Cohen said some not-so-nice things about Rosemary Port to her ex-boyfriend. So, naturally, Rosemary Port took to the Internet, the modern-day playground which allows for passive aggressive revenge and anonymity – or so we thought.
People are learning new lessons every day about exactly how not anonymous they are on the Internet. There are so many different ways of discovering someone’s identity on the Internet that it is best to always assume that you might as well post your full name and a photo of yourself with everything you put on this gigantic, public forum. If someone really wants to find out who you are because of something you posted on the Internet, they will likely be able to find out somehow.
Of course, the question here is whether the judge had the right to order that Google reveal the identity or not. Probably the judge just thought the whole situation was so petty and silly that it would go away, but this case has the potential to actually change laws and set precedent on an issue that will no doubt come up again.