Italian prosecutor wants 3 Google execs in jail for 'violating privacy of boy with autism'
An Italian lawyer has asked a court to uphold jail sentences for three Google executives charged with violating the privacy of an Italian boy with autism.
Milan prosecutor Laura Bertole Viale claimed that Google allowed a video of the boy showing him being bullied to be posted on the site in 2006.
"Not only has the privacy of minors been violated but lessons of cruelty have been given to 5,500 visitors," the New York Daily News quoted Viale, as saying.
Four students at a Turin school uploaded a mobile phone clip to Google Video in 2006 showing them bullying the boy.
According to the paper, the prosecutors accused Google of negligence, saying the video remained online for two months even though some Web users had already posted comments asking for it to be taken down.
In February 2010, a court gave each of the three Google executives, none of whom were based in Italy, six-month suspended jail sentences, the report said.
Senior vice-president and chief legal officer David Drummond, former Google Italy board member George De Los Reyes and global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer did not face actual imprisonment as the sentences were suspended, it added.