Google Executives Convicted/Privacy Laws

25th February 2010
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Google Executives Convicted in Italy of Violating

A Court in Milan has convicted three Google employees of breaking Italian Law by allowing a video to be posted on-line which showed an autistic teenager being bullied.

The three employees were convicted of breach of Italian Laws on privacy, and each received 6 months suspended prison sentences.

David Drummond, Chief Legal Officer at Google and one of those convicted, said he was “outraged” by the decision.

Not surprisingly representatives for Google have stated that Google intend to appeal.

The case related to footage posted on Google videos in September 2006.  It became the most viewed video, until it was removed from the website about 2 months later.

Google claimed that they were not responsible for the material uploaded onto the website, and that the sheer volume of material which would have to be previewed before being posted made it impossible to do so.

Legal experts in this country have compared the decision to say prosecuting the Post Office for hate mail that is sent in the post.

Legal experts in the United Kingdom believe that it is unlikely that such a similar result would occur in this country.

However this ruling will cause concern for those involved in running social media sites such as Facebook and You Tube.

Daven Naghen commenting on the case said as follows:-

“It does seem unlikely at this stage that such a prosecution would be brought within this country based upon English Law.  However I would strongly advise that anybody that runs similar websites should ensure that they have rigorous procedures in place to preview uploaded material and to remove it as soon as reasonably practicable.”

We will keep you updated on any further news on this topic.

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How Banks are Cashing in on Wills

Recent headlines have reported how banks are now cashing in on Wills.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, banks offered customers low cost Wills (or sometimes even free Wills) but the small print allowed the bank to charge extortionate rates to act as Executors. It is reported that banks are expecting billions of pounds of revenue from their Will writing services and administering estates and in some cases their fees have been over £12,000 to administer an estate as they look to charge a fixed fee PLUS a percentage of the deceased’s wealth.

If you or a loved one has made a Will through a bank we would urge you to check who you have appointed as Executors and check any small print which you may have signed. If you are unsure then please speak with one of our lawyers in the Wills and Probate team who can look at your existing Will with you. It may be appropriate to make a new Will which revokes any previous Will you have made which could save your family thousands of pounds when your estate needs to be administered.

In the majority of cases, when someone has passed away we can provide the family with a quote of how much the legal fees will be so that there are no nasty surprises once the administration is complete.

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