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Milan Court Files Reasoning behind Google Convictions

PRIVACY LAW—ITALY

April 13, 2010

Yesterday, the Milan Court filed the judicial reasoning behind the February conviction of three Google executives for violating Italian privacy code, the New York Times reports. In the 111-page document, Judge Oscar Magi said the employees were convicted and sentenced based on Italian law that prohibits the use of someone's personal information with the intent of making a profit. "In simple terms," Magi wrote, "it is not the writing on the wall that constitutes a crime for the owner of the wall, but its commercial exploitation can." Italian lawyer Rocco Panetta told the Daily Dashboard the reasoning confirms "Google had no obligation to filter and/or prior remove the eventual illegal content," nor was this "a case around freedom of speech." Rather, "it was a matter of compliance with laws and regulations dealing with personal data processing currently in force," Panetta said. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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