Tuesday May 14, 2013

Google Loses Case Involving Autocomplete Search Suggestion

Isn't this like the third or fourth time the courts in Germany have smacked down Google?

Google Inc. (GOOG), operator of the world’s largest Internet search engine, lost a case in Germany’s top civil court over how its autocomplete function adds words to searches. If alerted about libelous words that are added to a name entered in the search slot, Google has to block them, the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe said, overturning two lower court rulings. The website had added "Scientology" and "fraud" to the plaintiff’s name, the court said in a statement on its website today.

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