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Google Executives Prosecuted in Italy

by Ollie Vaughan | 24.02.2010
In a potentially groundbreaking case, an Italian court has today convicted 3 Google Executives in a trial over the publishing of an autistic teenager being bullied. Whilst all 3 were absolved from defamation, they were convicted of privacy violations: The BBC reported:

“The three employees, Peter Fleischer, David Drummond and George De Los Reyes, received suspended six-month sentences, while a fourth defendant, product manager Arvind Desikan, was acquitted.

David Drummond, chief legal officer at Google and one of those convicted, said he was “outraged” by the decision.

The verdict is likely to have ramifications for content providers around the globe.

Google said at the trial that pre-screening all YouTube content was impossible.

The video at the centre of the case was posted on Google Video in 2006 shortly before the firm acquired YouTube.

Prosecutors argued that Google broke Italian privacy law by not seeking the consent of all the parties involved before allowing it to go online.

Google’s lawyers said that the video was removed as soon as it was brought to its attention and that the firm also provided information on who posted it.

As a result four students were expelled from their school in Turin, northern Italy…..”

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