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Google told to clean up defamatory auto-complete search suggestions

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 12:41

London: A German federal court has ordered Google to clean up the auto complete search suggestions that it offers.

The popular search engine automatically suggests search results as per the combination of keywords.

A German businessman, who accused Google of delinking him to scientology and fraud, started the case.

In a report by the BBC, the court does not mean that Google should sanitize its entire index but only remove those defamatory combinations, which may be unlawful or violate one`s personal rights.

Google earlier defended itself for having no control over the combinations as they are automatically generated as a result of searches made by other users with the same keywords.

The company`s spokesperson said it was `incomprehensible` to make Google liable for the searches carried out by other users.

Earlier Betina Wulff, wife of former German President Christian Wulff, had filed another case of defamation against Google because the auto-complete linked her to escort services, the reports added.


First Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 12:40

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