MILAN Dec 21 An Italy appeals court acquitted
three Google executives of charges of having violated
the privacy of an Italian boy with autism by letting a video of
him being bullied be posted on the site in 2006.
The court's decision, in a public hearing, overturned a
previous ruling in 2010 which had sentenced the executives to
Four students at a Turin school uploaded a mobile phone clip
to Google Video in 2006 showing them bullying the boy. The
prosecutors accused Google of negligence, saying the video
remained online for two months even though some Web users had
already posted comments asking for it to be taken down.
In February 2010, a court gave each of the three Google
executives, none of whom were based in Italy, a six-month
suspended jail sentence. Google has said the executives had
nothing to do with the upload.
Senior vice-president and chief legal officer David Drummond,
former Google Italy board member George De Los Reyes and global
privacy counsel Peter Fleischer had not faced actual
imprisonment as the sentences were suspended.