Google ordered to change autocomplete (Japan)

March 2012

Google was issued with a court order telling it to delete individual items from autocomplete.
A court in Japan told Google that its autocomplete function violated a man’s privacy after his name had been linked to crimes he did not commit. Google, defending the application argued at court that search results were generated mechanically based on other searches and rather than by Google itself manually.

Google rejects any claims that it sometimes influences search results, a claim which has been repeated during a series of claims against the company in various jurisdictions.

Reported on BBC News


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