Mar 302010
 
 March 30, 2010  Court, Non-U.S., Online

David Canton comments on the recent conviction of three Google executives over a video they neither created nor posted:

The ramifications of this decision are far-reaching. If directors of international companies can be held personally responsible for every last item posted on their websites, this could create a climate of censorship preventing any possibly controversial posts. It is simply impossible to abide by that standard, and impossible for any business to actively monitor or review every post before it goes live.

In addition to taking a critical look at public policy behind Italian privacy laws, EU privacy laws ought to be clarified to explain what constitutes official “notice.” Surely video comments, which would number in the hundreds of thousands a day worldwide, cannot qualify.

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