Germany tells Google to tidy up auto-complete

A German federal court has told Google to clean up the auto-complete results its search engine suggests.The court said Google must ensure terms generated by auto-complete are not offensive or defamatory.The court case was started by an unnamed German businessman who found that linked him with “scientology” and “fraud”. see:German court says Google must act if autocomplete makes defamatory suggestions [AP]
Google Inc. must respect requests to remove autocomplete entries from its search bar in Germany if they are defamatory, a German court ruled Tuesday.The Federal Court of Justice upheld a complaint from an unidentified company selling nutritional supplements and its founder, identified only as “R.S.” The plaintiffs claimed that when their names were entered on Google’s German-language website, it suggested links to Scientology and fraud.

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