Italian Court Convicts 3 Google Executives over Uploaded Video

February 25, 2010 /EIN PRESSWIRE/ An Italian court has given suspended sentences to three Google executives for violating the privacy of a child relating to a video posted on Google Video.

The video of a child with Down’s syndrome being bullied was online for almost a month before Google was notified of its existence by Italian police. Prosecutors filed suit against the company executives whom the prosecution said were negligent for not removing the video sooner.

Four students at a Turin secondary school filmed and uploaded the video.

According to The Guardian, the company is expected to appeal the verdict on the grounds of an EU directive that gives hosting platforms a “safe harbor” from prosecution so long as they act promptly to remove illegal content.

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