Court Orders Changes to Google's Autocomplete Hints

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BERLIN -- A top German court has ordered Google to act on requests to remove autocomplete entries from the search engine after a suit claimed the feature made defamatory suggestions.

The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe upheld a complaint from an unidentified company selling nutritional supplements and its founder, identified only as "R.S."

The plaintiffs claimed when their names were entered on Google's German-language website, it suggested links to Scientology and fraud.

The autocomplete function is based on algorithms that take into account what other users have searched for.

In its decision, the court said Google Inc. (GOOG) didn't have to vet all autocomplete suggestions in advance but did have to remove defamatory results when notified.

A spokeswoman for Google in Germany said the company would comment on the verdict later Tuesday.


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Deutschland needs to lighten up.
google is your friend......../sarc.

May 20 2013 at 12:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply