The implications are frightening

You don’t have to think about this very long before you get a chill up your spine:

Three Google executives were convicted of violating Italian privacy laws on Wednesday, the first case to hold the company’s executives criminally responsible for the content posted on its system.

The content was a YouTube video posted by some random person. Google took the video down within two hours of being notified that it was in violation of Italian law. Still, some Google executives are now convicted criminals in Italy.

I keep waiting for the day that someone gets convicted in some restrictive country for daring to post a picture of a woman with her face and/or ankles exposed on their website. Or perhaps for providing firearms training videos on the Internet in China.

And don’t forget similar things have happened in this country even before the Internet.

Somewhere there is one or more governments which would send you to prison for something you do as a normal everyday activity–freedom is a never ending battle.


6 thoughts on “The implications are frightening

  1. And don’t forget that there are politicians that want to strip you or your right to own a gun if you’re convicted of a felony in another country.

  2. I think (and I need to remember to email Google & tell them this) that Google should (if it’s even possible) withdraw their support from Italy. Do a John Galt “Shrug” and leave Italy totally. Even with all the money I’m sure that Google earns in Italy, is it worth the headaches, time, legal fees and outgoing money to support such a whining bunch of ********.

    Ditto for the whole of the EU. I understand the EU also has fingers in the Google pie, trying to extort big money from Google for some imagined fault.

    If the EU-winnies (and which part of the horse do you think I’m referring to?) and Italy think they can do better on their own, then let them. I’ll be standing on the sidelines waiting for and watching the results. Should be quite the laugh fest. This is when The Law of Unintended Consequences comes into its own.

  3. Since they were convicted of a felony in Italy, they can’t vote or buy firearms in the USA, correct? (Not that any of those GOOGLE liberals would ever want a gun, and they probably never bother to vote anyway.)

    Any attempt to do so is a felony in and of itself, correct?

    Their legal problems are just beginning. Foreign courts can reach into domestic activities in many ways, and mess with their legal rights in this country.

  4. Even more shocking in this case is that the Google executives were sentenced to jail, but the kids that made the video, and committed the illegal acts in the video, just got community service.

    By that logic, if I murder someone, film it, post it on Google or Youtube, and get sentenced to life, some executives should expect to get the death penalty.

  5. I was just wondering how this all plays out with the whole INTERPOL being immune in the USA. Couldn’t they use INTERPOL to come “extradite” these “criminals”? How would that play out I wonder? If the law that was broken is in a foreign country doesn’t that fall under some scope of INTERPOL?
    Made me think a bit, maybe I do not completely understand INTERPOL, in all fairness I never have tried to understand them. 🙂

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