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Court: Service Providers Not Responsible for User Content

PRIVACY LAW—ITALY

March 5, 2013

Court documents have been released on the December ruling by a Milan court acquitting three Google executives on charges alleging violation of an Italian child's privacy after a video of the boy being bullied was posted on one of the company's websites. “The possibility must be ruled out that a service provider which offers active hosting can carry out effective, pre-emptive checks of the entire content uploaded by its users,” the court said in its ruling, adding such an obligation would impose a “pre-emptive filter on all the data uploaded on the network, which would alter its own functionality.”
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