An Italian court has convicted three Google execs for failure to comply with privacy laws, in a case concerning a video uploaded to Google Video in 2006. The video showed some teenagers bullying a disabled classmate, and was quickly removed by Google – which then worked with Italian police to identify the person who uploaded it. The company’s execs were nevertheless taken to court, and convicted on the privacy charges, although acquitted on separate charges of criminal defamation. “In essence this ruling means that employees of hosting platforms like Google Video are criminally responsible for content that users upload,” blogs the company’s VP and deputy general counsel Matt Sucherman. The company also argues that the ruling implies it will have to vet every single piece of content uploaded to, say, YouTube. Google plans to appeal. Source: Google Blog Source: Ars Technica

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