Milan judge convicted 3 Googlers in '2006 Turin, Italy school students' Video case

A judge in Milan convicted 3 of the 4 defendants — David Drummond, Peter Fleischer and George Reyes (former Google employees who left the company in 2008) for failure to comply with Italian privacy code. The charges brought against them were criminal defamation and a failure to comply with Italian privacy code. To be clear, […]

A judge in Milan convicted 3 of the 4 defendants — David Drummond, Peter Fleischer and George Reyes (former Google employees who left the company in 2008) for failure to comply with Italian privacy code. The charges brought against them were criminal defamation and a failure to comply with Italian privacy code. To be clear, none of the four Googlers charged had anything to do with this video. They didn’t appear in it, film it, upload it or review it. None of them know the people involved or were even aware of the video's existence until after it was removed. “In late 2006, students at a school in Turin, Italy filmed and then uploaded a video to Google Video that showed them bullying an autistic schoolmate. The video was totally reprehensible and we took it down within hours of being notified by the Italian police. We also worked with local police to help identify person responsible for uploading it and she was subsequently sentenced to 10 months community service by a court in Turin, as were several other classmates who were also involved. In these rare but unpleasant cases, that's where our involvement would normally end,” stated Google.