Thursday, February 25, 2010

Andrei Google executives convicted in Italy

Here's a strange thing, three Google employees, Peter Fleischer, David Drummond and George De Los Reyes, received suspended six-month sentences, while a fourth defendant, product manager Arvind Desikan, was acquitted of violating Italy's privacy laws.

Their crime, a youtube video, incidentally uploaded before Google acquired youtube, which showed an autistic schoolboy being bullied. None of these people had anything to do with the offending video of course.

Google pulled the video and provided the authorities with the uploaders details which led to the culprits identification.

But they were still prosecuted and convicted.

The free flow of information on the internet makes the authorities uncomfortable at times but overall it is a good thing - no?

Google is intending to appeal.

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