Adrian Chen of Gawker is reporting that a Google engineer accessed private user information from Google's systems and then used it to stalk teenagers.
The engineer, David Barksdale, was fired from Google in July.
This is a very serious issue: Behavior like this is terrifying for anyone who trusts a company like Google with their personal information.
If Gawker's information is wrong, therefore, Google should immediately say so.
If Gawker's information is correct, meanwhile, Google needs to acknowledge what happened, explain what its response was, and describe the steps it has taken to assure users that this won't happen again.
This is too serious an issue to hide behind a no comment.