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" and a "ho" 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."
It is an interesting argument, one that perhaps suggests a future in the law, should a fashion career not satisfy.
And it seems that Port intends to test the boundaries of the law by attempting to sue Google. The 29-year-old student at the Fashion Institute of Technology told the Daily News that she will launch a $15 million suit against the entirely non-skanky company from the Left Coast (the blog was hosted on Google's Blogger).
"When I was being defended by attorneys for Google, I thought my right to privacy was being protected," she 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."
Strazzullo will invoke the Founding Fathers in his argument, he said. And it is an interesting argument, one that perhaps extends beyond the blogs Google hosts to every area of personal information that the company holds. What should anyone who uses Google's services reasonably expect from the company in terms of privacy?
It will be more than a little pulsating to see where the courts might bang their gavels on this issue. But perhaps the saddest part of this strange episode is the reason why Port and Cohen allegedly fell out. According to the Daily News, Cohen said some not-so-nice things about Port to her ex-boyfriend. Oh, ladies. Is it really worth getting all this publicity, all this darned fame, over something that might have started as a little tittle-tattle?