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Reaction Rages on Google Convictions

ONLINE PRIVACY—ITALY

February 25, 2010

"Stunning," "chilling," and "shear madness" are some of the words being used to describe yesterday's conviction of three Google executives in an Italian court. In nearly 1,000 media stories on the decision so far, politicians, advocates, academia and numerous others have reacted to news that the company's global privacy counsel and two other executives were found guilty of privacy violations for the posting of a disparaging video to the company's video platform site. U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) expressed deep disappointment, saying, "To hold Google employees criminally responsible for the actions of its users is unjust." The American ambassador to Italy said, "We disagree that Internet service providers are responsible prior to the posting for the content uploaded by users." Those convicted will appeal the decision.
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