Court Asked Google to Suspend Auto-Complete

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A Japanese court has ordered search giant Google to suspend its auto-complete function because it breaches one man s privacy, his lawyer said.

Tokyo District Court approved a petition by the man, who claimed typing his name into the search engine generated a suggestion linking him to crimes he did not commit, lawyer Hiroyuki Tomita told media Sunday.

If a user accepts the search suggestion, thousands of results are produced that imply criminality of which the man is not guilty, Tomita said.

The lawyer added that since these postings began appearing on the Internet over the last few years, his client has had difficulty finding work, with his online reputation always in question.

Auto-complete is a function provided by many search engines that predicts what a user may be looking for. It is often based on what previous users have searched for when they typed the same initial letters of a word.

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