Google and Prosecutors Fight in Court over User Data in Marielle Case

Google does not want to give up info about cars that circulated in Rio

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro prosecutors and Google are engaged in a legal dispute over access to data on users of the platform that can assist in the investigation of the death of councilor Marielle Franco (PSOL) and her driver Anderson Gomes.

The American company appealed to the STJ (Superior Court of Justice) not to give the Prosecutor's Office data on all users who circulated at the Transolímpica within a 15-minute interval on the night of December 2, 2018.

This was the last time that traffic monitoring cameras identified the city presence of the silver Cobalt plate KPA-5923 used in the crime.

With the data, the prosecutors want to identify who was using the vehicle nine months after the crime.

Panel with Marielle Franco's image - Giuliana Miranda/Folhapress

In a note, the company states that it does not comment on specific cases.

"We would like to say that we vigorously protect the privacy of our users at the same time that we seek to support the important work of the investigative authorities, as long as requests are made respecting constitutional and legal precepts," the company said in a note.

This is another chapter of the dispute between MP-RJ and Google that started in August 2018 over user data to assist in the investigation.

The company is also disputing handing over the list of all users who searched for the name Marielle Franco and five other expressions linked to her in its search engine between March 10 and 14, the day of the crime.

 Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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