Monday, December 24, 2012

UPDATE: Italian Appeals Court Lets Google Execs Off the Hook

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An Italian appeals court last week reversed the February 2010, convictions of three Google executives regarding a video on a Google site depicting a Down syndrome child being verbally and physically abused, the Associated Press reports.

Google CFO George Reyes, Senior Veep David Drummond and Chief Privacy Officer Peter Fleischer originally received six-month jail sentences for violating Italy's privacy laws based on the 2006 video. (See "TUOL" post 2/25/10).  The executives were never incarcerated because as first-time offenders, Italian law commutes short-term sentences.

When notified by authorities of the incident, Google removed the offending video within two hours, according to the AP article.

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