25 Feb 2010

Google executives convicted over bullying video

6:59 pm on 25 February 2010

A court in Italy has convicted three Google executives in a trial relating to a video which showed a teenager with Down's Syndrome being bullied.

The employees were accused of breaking Italian law by allowing the video to be posted online.

The judge absolved the three of defamation but convicted them of privacy violations.

They received suspended six-month prison sentences, while a fourth was acquitted.

Prosecutors argued that Google broke Italian privacy law by not seeking the consent of all the parties involved before allowing it to go online.

Google's lawyers said the video was removed as soon as it was brought to the company's attention.

Google says it will appeal against the verdict.