Google Denounces Italian Court Verdict

On its official blog post entitled “Serious threat to the web in Italy”, Google denounced the decision of the Italian court convicting three Google executives in the country for violating Italian privacy law. The case was filed because, in 2006, a video of an autistic being bullied by his classmate was uploaded in Google video, a video sharing service by Google prior to its acquisition of You Tube.




Though Google immediately removed the content, the court upholds that Google is still responsible for the violation of privacy law. Google plans to appeal the decision. They argue that European Union law gives web hosting companies a safe harbor from liability as long as they immediately remove illegal contents when informed of their existence.

According to Google, the court decision is another threat to internet freedom. They reasoned that if all websites that allows user-generated contents like Blogger, You Tube and other social networking sites will be deemed punishable by the law because of the uploaded files from their users, the Web as we know it will cease to exist.

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