Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Media Talk - Google Italy charged and convicted of privacy violations

Yes, it is true, the Italian court has convicted three Google executives of pricacy violations because bullies posted a video online of an autistic boy being abused. Wow.

Now, I'd like to say that I know this becuase I'm a super dooper trustworthy news maven but then I would be fibbing. Truth is, while I am upto date with Australian news, I'm a little shabby with overseas stuff, so I only know about this becuase I had to find a really good story for a Uni assignment. But anyway, how I came across this sad story (which is sad on many levels) is not the point, the point is that it's really interesting. I won't go on about the in's and out's of issue in detail but I will say two things: First, those evil, evil bullies that abused an autistic boy are in my bad books for life - how could someone do that? I don't think I'll ever know... Second, how is Google at fault? Apparently they took down the video as soon as it was brought to thier attention, and they provided infomation on the people who uploaded the video so that they could be brought to justice. I'm confused and slightly worried about the future of freedom on the internet and platforms like 'Blogger' and 'YouTube' if more cases like this occur.

If your interested check out the Official Google Blog's post (a really good read) on this issue.

Crazy stuff.

FYI, if you think Tash's cup cakes looked amazing, well, I hate to tease, but they tasted incredible too. Oh dear!

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