In 2006 a high school student posted a three-minute YouTube clip of himself and three others bullying a 17-year-old with Down syndrome, said Online Media Daily.
It was taken down November 7, 24 hours after Google received complaints about it, said the post.
Nonetheless, Italian prosecutors demanded a one-year sentence for three executives — David Drummond, senior vice president and chief legal officer; Peter Fleischer, global privacy counsel; and George De Los Reyes, a former chief financial officer, said the New York Times.
They also wanted a six-month sentence for Arvind Desikan, head of consumer marketing in Britain, it said.
Now judge Oscar Magi (right)has convicted three of them of privacy violations, says the BBC.
Fleischer, Drummond and De Los Reyes each received suspended six-month sentences, while Desikan was acquitted and the defamation charges thrown out, it says, going on:
“Many question how the Italian prosecutors decided which employees to target and most agree the four it settled on were random choice with none living in Italy or having direct responsibility for the video in question. George De Los Reyes was Google’s chief financial officer but no longer even works for the firm.”
Meanwhile, “Google says it has no plans to pull out of Italy” and “will vigorously appeal the case”.
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First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
cellphone video – Four Google execs face jail in Italy, February 3, 2009
Online Media Daily Molto Disgusto: Video Brings Italian Wrath Down On Google, February 3, 2009
New York Times – Prosecutors Press Case Against Google in Italy, November 25, 2009
BBC – Google bosses convicted in Italy, February 24, 2010
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