Privacy Advisor

Criminal trial against Google execs to resume

The Italian criminal trial against four Google executives accused of defamation and privacy law violations has opened a dialogue about who is responsible for material posted to sites such as YouTube. The case stems from the 2006 posting of a video to Google Italia YouTube showing a boy with Down syndrome being bullied by peers. The outcome hinges on whether the court considers Google an Internet content provider or Internet service provider, which bear different responsibilities under Italian law.

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