Wikipedia Shuts Down Italy Site To Protest Privacy Bill

Law360, New York (October 5, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT) -- Wikipedia said Tuesday it had disabled its Italian language website and could eventually delete it, in protest of a proposed wiretapping law currently making its way through Italy's Parliament.

The online encyclopedia claims the new law, known as DDL Intercettazioni, includes a provision that would force all websites to publish corrections of any content that someone deems objectionable, without review, within 48 hours. Failure to do so could result in heavy fines.

In a letter to readers posted on the website, Wikipedia said, "the very pillars...
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