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15 April 2024

Google men convicted over Down's video

Bill Echikson speaking to the media after the court sentence on three Google executives in Milan. (REUTERS)

By Reuters

A Milan court convicted three Google executives yesterday for violating the privacy of an Italian boy with Down's syndrome by letting a video of him being posted on the site in 2006.

Google will appeal the six-month suspended jail terms and said the verdict "poses a crucial question for the freedom on which the internet is built", since none of the three employees found guilty had anything to do with the offending video.

"They didn't upload it, they didn't film it, they didn't review it and yet they have been found guilty," said Google's Senior Communications Manager, Bill Echikson, in Milan.

The court convicted senior Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, former Google Italy board member George De Los Reyes and global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer. Senior Product Marketing Manager Arvind Desikan was acquitted.


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