The Italian Google-Case: Privacy, Freedom of Speech and Responsibility of Providers for User-Generated Contents

International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Forthcoming

20 Pages Posted: 13 May 2010 Last revised: 24 Dec 2013

Giovanni Sartor

European University Institute Law Department

Mario Viola de Azevedo Cunha

European University Institute Law Department

Date Written: May 11, 2010

Abstract

In a recent decision of the Tribunal of Milan three Google executives were convicted for violating data protection, in connection with the on-line posting of a video showing a disabled person being bullied and insulted. This paper, after illustrating the facts of the case and the reasoning of the judge, discusses the main issue at stake, namely, the role and responsibilities of providers of platforms for user-created contents with regard to violations of data privacy.

Keywords: Privacy, Data Protection, ISP Liability, Internet, Google

Suggested Citation

Sartor, Giovanni and Viola de Azevedo Cunha, Mario, The Italian Google-Case: Privacy, Freedom of Speech and Responsibility of Providers for User-Generated Contents (May 11, 2010). International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1604411

Giovanni Sartor (Contact Author)

European University Institute Law Department ( email )

Via Boccaccio 121 (Villa Schifanoia)
I-50122 Firenze
ITALY

Mario Viola de Azevedo Cunha

European University Institute Law Department ( email )

Villa Schifanoia
Via Boccaccio 121
Firenze (Florence), 50133
Italy

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