High Court Orders Google to ha...


High Court Orders Google to hand over details of online scam

Lana O'Connor
Lana O'Connor

02:29 14 Dec 2023

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The High Court has ordered Google to hand over whatever details it has on whoever is responsible for an online scam which used the Tánaiste’s name and image.
Micheál Martin took legal action after he came across two fake ads which he said were designed to target vulnerable people in a cryptocurrency scam.

As soon as the ads were brought to its attention, Google took them down, but the Tánaiste wants to know who was behind them, and while the tech giant was co-operative to a point, it refused to hand over that information without a court order.

That led to Micheál Martin’s lawyers going to court last week, and today an order was made, without objection from Google.
Google must now hand over basic subscriber information, including names, email addresses and phone numbers linked to accounts associated with the ads.
The order also requires it to provide details of any financial accounts or services used to pay for the publication of the ads through Google’s advertising platform.
And they must also hand over details of any IP addresses from which the accounts were accessed.
The order is limited to the extent such information exists and requires Google to hand over whatever it has within 21 days.

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