French court orders Google to pay libel damages: media
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 27/09/2010 15:18
A French court has ordered Google Inc to pay €5,000 ($6,672) in libel damages to a man who claimed that searches for his name automatically yielded a list of harmful suggestions.
The man, whose name was not given, said the suggested terms that came up when typing his name on Google.fr -- including the words "rape", "rapist" and "prison" -- were damaging for his reputation, court documents showed.
French court convicts Google and boss of defamation [AFP]
A Paris court has convicted US search engine giant Google and its chief executive Eric Schmidt of defamation over results from its "suggest" function, a French legal affairs website has revealed.
The new function, which suggests options as you type in a word, brought up the words "rapist" and "satanist" when the plaintiff's name was typed into the search engine, legalis.net reported.