Italy court convicted three Google executives of privacy violations

On February 24, 2010, an Italian court convicted three Google executives of privacy violations. The Milan court found that David Carl Drummond, George De Los Reyes, and Peter Fleitcher, violated the privacy rights of a young man with Down's Syndrome when they allowed a video showing his classmates bullying him to remain on the Google Italy website from September through November 2006. All three men were given a suspended sentence, though prosecutors had asked for a one-year imprisonment. Google's Deputy General Counsel called the decision an attack on "the very principles of freedom on which the Internet is built." In recent years, Google has received criticism from around the world for privacy violations. Many of the allegations are related to their Google Maps Street View and Google Buzz services. Countries including Australia, Canada, South Korea, Spain, and the United Kingdom have all initiated lawsuits or investigated Google for privacy violations since 2010.

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