Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Elsie Law's Daily Dose Of The Law

Four Google executives are on trial in Italy. According to The BBC, the executives are "accused of breaking Italian law in allowing a video of a teenager with Down's Syndrome to be posted online. The video reportedly shows the teenager being bullied by four other teens while a group of students look on.

The prosecution is arguing that Google should have had better "content filters" that would have prevented the video from being posted. They are also arguing that Google violated Italy's privacy law by posting the video without the consent of all the parties involved.

The outcome of this case will likely have international ramifications of how the internet is monitored, and who is responsible for what is posted on the world wide web. Although the youth involved in the aforementioned case are from Italy, the video was reportedly posted from The United States.

The Google executives could face up to 3 years in jail if they are convicted.

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