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Google Execs Convicted on Privacy Charges

ONLINE PRIVACY—ITALY

February 24, 2010

Privacy interests are reacting to an Italian court's decision that is expected to have ramifications worldwide. A Milan judge today convicted three Google executives, including Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer, for failing to comply with Italian privacy code in allowing a disparaging video to be posted online. A fourth defendant was acquitted. Judge Oscar Magi ordered a six-month suspended jail sentence and fines for Fleischer, Chief Legal Officer David Drummond and former Google Italy board member George De Los Reyes. "I find it worrying that the chief privacy officer who had nothing to do with the video has been found guilty," said Hunton & Williams Centre for Information Policy Leadership advisor Richard Thomas. All three will appeal the decision.
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