Three Google executives were handed suspended six month prison sentences by a Milan court on Wednesday for privacy law violations relating to a video posted on Google Video showing the bullying of a handicapped boy, a Google spokesman said.
David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer, Peter Fleischer, its global privacy counselor, and George Reyes, the former chief financial officer, were convicted of the privacy violations in connections with the video, which was online for two months in 2006, but acquitted on charges of defamation.
Arvind Desikan, the former head of Google Video Europe, was acquitted on the single charge of defamation.
"The right to enterprise cannot take precedence over the individual's right to dignity," Prosecutor Alfredo Robledo told reporters after the verdict was announced.
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