Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Idaho Judge Orders Google to Out Identity of Phony Email Author

Posted By on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 10:14 AM

An Idaho judge says he's set to issue a subpoena to Google to force the Internet giant to surrender the identity of a person who posed as the former College of Southern Idaho president and threatened another CSI administrator in a fake email.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that the judge's ruling stems from an incident in which CSI Vice President Edit Szanto received a Jan. 9 email from a GMail account, using the name of former CSI President Jerry Beck.

The phony email read, "You have zero people skills, judgment, leadership talent, management skills, etc. It's way past time for you to go. There is no one at CSI that supports you."

The email came shortly after Szanto had been notified about her contract not being renewed by CSI.

Twin Falls District Court Judge Richard Bevan said he'll issue a subpoena to Google, which must also be affirmed by a California court, where Google is headquartered.

Szanto has filed a tort claim against CSI, alleging wrongful termination and seeking damages exceeding $5 million.

The Times-News reports that in a 31-page complaint to the Idaho Human Rights Commission, Szanto said she faced a hostile work environment at CSI and saw compensation disparities compared with male administrators.

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