A blogger outed by Google after a court order has said that she will sue the search giant for $15m (£9m).
Rosemary Port, a 29-year old Fashion Institute of Technology student, was exposed after she posted a comment about model Liskula Cohen, calling her a " skank" and an "old hag" on her anonymous Skanks in NYC blog.
Cohen sued and the court found in her favour, forcing Google to reveal Port's identity. Cohen has now said that she will not take further legal action, but Port told the New York Daily News that the case had been blown out of all proportion.
"By going to the press, she defamed herself," she said. "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."
Port is now suing Google for "breaching its fiduciary duty to protect her expectation of anonymity", and has retained Salvatore Strazzullo, a high-powered lawyer, to take action against the company.
"When I was being defended by attorneys for Google, I thought my right to privacy was being protected. But that right fell through the cracks," Port said.
"Without any warning, I was put on a silver platter for the press to attack me. I would think that a multi-billion dollar conglomerate would protect the rights of all its users."
Strazzullo added: "I am ready to take this all the way to the Supreme Court. Our Founding Fathers wrote 'The Federalist Papers' under pseudonyms. Inherent in the First Amendment is the right to speak anonymously. Shouldn't that right extend to the new public square of the internet?"
The case caused a storm in the blogosphere and beyond, since it may establish case law that will end the anonymity that some bloggers enjoy.
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