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Italian verdict on Google privacy sets dangerous precedent

Google is far from alone in its criticism of the verdict. “This is a ridiculous case which gives privacy and data protection laws a bad name,” Richard Thomas, an advisor to the Hunton & Williams Centre for Information Policy Leadership, said in a statement. The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) also discussed the verdict during a call on global Internet freedom on Wednesday, saying that the decision would "chill innovation all over the world" and that it would force intermediaries like Google into playing the role of gatekeeper.