A new ruling by a federal appeals court in an Arizona case has concluded that anonymous online comments about employers, and others, may not be as anonymous as we were once led to believe.
Recently, Glassdoor.com, which provides both job listings as well as reviews of companies, went to court in an attempt to block federal prosecutors from obtaining the names of individuals who had posted anonymous comments about their company (specific company not mentioned in court papers) on the Glassdoor site.
Attorneys for Glassdoor, argued that the individuals who made the comments did so with the understanding that they would not come back to haunt them.
But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Glassdoor must give prosecutors information they have about the people so they can be questioned by the grand jury.
The new decision most immediately affects efforts by federal prosecutors to look into whether a government contractor that administers two health-care programs for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Arizona committed wire fraud and misused government funds.
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