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Prosecutor Wants To Uphold Jail Time for Execs

PRIVACY LAW—ITALY

December 12, 2012

An Italian prosecutor is pushing to uphold jail sentences for three Google executives in an appeal stemming from a 2010 case in which a Milan judge found them guilty of violating the privacy of an autistic boy after his classmates uploaded a disparaging video to a Google site. Reuters reports that the executives were sentenced to six months of suspended jail time, but none of the three have faced actual imprisonment. The company has called the ruling an attack on freedom of expression on the Internet, but the prosecutor says, “Not only has the privacy of minors been violated but lessons of cruelty have been given to 5,500 visitors." Editor’s Note: To learn more about liability in social media, read “Defamation by social media: Who’s liable?” from the October issue of The Privacy Advisor.
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