Hi, I received a response from Google today:
The information you are requesting is subject to state and federal laws. In accordance with those laws, it is Google's policy to only provide subscriber information pursuant to a valid third party subpoena or other appropriate legal process.
Section 2702(a) of the federal Stored Communications Act prohibits Google from disclosing the content of electronic communications pursuant to a subpoena. 18 U.S.C. § 2702(a) see e.g., Suzlon Energy Ltd. v. Microsoft Corp, 671 F.3d 726, 730 (9th Cir. 2011); Theofel v. Farey-Jones, 359 F.3d 1066 (9th Cir. 2004); Mintz v. Mark Bartelstein & Assocs., Inc., --- F.Supp.2d ---, 2012 WL 3553351 at *5 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 14, 2012); In re Subpoena Duces Tecum to AOL, LLC., 550 F.Supp.2d 606, 611 (E.D. Va. 2008); Flagg v. City of Detroit, 252 F.R.D. 346, 366 (E.D. Mich. 2008); Viacom Int'l Inc. v. YouTube Inc., 253 F.R.D. 256 (S.D.N.Y. 2008); O'Grady v. Superior Court of Santa Clara, 139 Cal. App. 4th 1423, 1441-43 (2006). The appropriate way to seek such content is to direct your request to the account holder who has custody and control of the data in the account. Suzlon, 671 F.3d 726, 730-31; Mintz, 2012 WL 3553351 at *5; O’Grady, 139 Cal. App. 4th at 1446-47. If the account holder is a party to the underlying litigation, you may serve a document request on the account holder for the content sought. See Mintz, 2012 WL 3553351 at *5; O’Grady, 13 Cal. App. 4th at 1446-67; see also Flagg, 252 F.R.D. at 348, 366-67.
We accept civil subpoenas by personal service. We are unable to accept service by mail or any form of electronic service at this time. Google accepts subpoenas issued from Santa Clara Superior Court or the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California via personal service on the Google Custodian of Records for Google, Inc. at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California, 94043.
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