The Italian court which sentenced three Google executives to a suspended jail term made a legal error, according to an Italian legal expert who has studied the judgment (pdf, in Italian). Elvira Berlingieri told OUT-LAW that Google was likely to win any appeal. Three Google executives were sentenced under Italy's privacy laws …
Standards of Evidence
And, and Goldman Sachs says it was legal too! What more proof do we need ?
Memo to Italy: Yo, make them say in open court "We were just trying to make a buck (~ 3/4 Euro) off the kid".
Judgement made on purpose
The judge knew that it would be thrown out, but in order to appease the whingers, went ahead with it anyway as the prosecution was intent on wasting tax-payers monies.
Let us hope that Google does indeed win on appeal -
the consequences of any other outcome would be horrendous for freedom of information - but let us also hope that the case does make Google - and other companies ! - reconsider how their terms of service are written and conveyed to the public. What is needed is a brief synopsis which makes clear that such actions as, e g, uploading content in which others are portrayed without obtaining prior consent, is not allowed, followed by a reference to all the legalease and lawyers' joy to which users are required to agree. If Google can be persuaded as a result of this case to modify its present practice, all the time and money devoted to this case will perhaps not have been in vain....
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