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Legal Expert Says Google Conviction Based on Misinterpretation

PRIVACY LAW—ITALY

April 28, 2010

An Italian legal expert says that a legal error formed the basis of the conviction of three Google executives earlier this year, and the company would likely win an appeal to the conviction, OUT-LAW.COM reports. A Court of Milan judge sentenced the executives to a suspended jail term in February after finding them guilty of violating the nation's privacy laws. But Elvira Berlingieri, a legal consultant and academic who has studied the reasoning behind the verdict, says a judicial error in interpreting Italy's laws prompted the conviction. Berlingieri says the error involves confusion over Sections 13 and 167 of the Privacy Code.
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