Japanese court besmirches Google's autocomplete feature

Posted in: Legal & Security at 27/03/2012 18:49

A Japanese man discovered that if he typed his name into Google search, more than 10,000 different suggestions popped up in the autocomplete feature allegedly relating his name to criminal acts. After Google reportedly refused his request to delete some of these words, the man decided to seek a court injunction against the Web giant in Japan.

The Tokyo District Court approved his petition last week, which demanded Google remove certain terms from autocomplete, according to a Kyodo News story published on the Japan Times Web site.

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Google ordered to delete terms from autocomplete
The Tokyo District Court has approved a petition demanding that Google Inc. delete terms from its autocomplete search feature for Internet browsers after a man alleged it breached his privacy and got him fired, his lawyer said.

Google has rejected the order, saying that its U.S. headquarters will not be regulated by Japanese law, and that the case, according its in-house privacy policy, does not warrant deleting autocomplete-suggested terms related to the petition, lawyer Hiroyuki Tomita said Sunday.

Google must delete defamatory auto-complete results: court [AFP]
Google says it is reviewing a Japanese court order to modify its auto-complete feature to safeguard the reputation of a man who complained it falsely links him to crimes.

The world's leading internet search engine released the statement on Monday in the US after the man's lawyer, Hiroyuki Tomita, told media in Japan that Google was ordered to discontinue the feature in Japan because it breaches the man's privacy.

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