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Deep Impact: Italy’s Conviction of Google Execs Threatens Global Internet Freedom

It's an old adage that bad cases make bad law and today an Italian court made bad law that could sap the vitality from the Italian Internet and impact Internet freedom far beyond the Italian peninsula. The court convicted David Drummond, Google's senior vice president of corporate development, Peter Fleischer, global privacy counsel, and George Reyes, a former chief financial officer, of privacy violations for allowing a user to post an offensive video on the Google Video service. The three were cleared of a defamation charges.