Italian Supreme Court upholds acquittals in Googe video bullying case

The court ruling ends the case three years after executives were conviced of violating privacy laws

Italy's Supreme Court ended the prosecution of Google executives for allowing the posting of a video showing the bullying of a handicapped boy, three years after they were convicted of violating privacy laws.

The third section of the Supreme Court upheld the acquittal on appeal of Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, Google Italy board member George De Los Reyes, and Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer. A prosecutor had sought to get the case referred back to the Appeal Court for a new trial.

The phone video showing an autistic boy being tormented by classmates was posted on Google Video in 2006 and remained online for two months.

"We're happy the Supreme Court confirmed the innocence of our colleagues," Google said in a statement welcoming the ruling Wednesday. "The decision is important because it confirms an important juridical principle."

The conviction had sparked concerns about how companies such as Google could possibly review user-generated content in advance of it being posted on websites, as well as questions regarding legal responsibility that hosting services have for such content.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Internet-based applications and servicesGoogleCivil lawsuitslegalinternetvideo

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Philip Willan

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?