http://www.wattpad.com/17147965-abney-and-associates-news-story-google-loses?d=ud#.UZXLcaKnpDB Google loses German 'auto-complete' case PETER LLOYD: The German version of internet search engine Google will be forced to filter its auto-complete function after a court ruling in that country. The legal action was taken by an anonymous businessman who argued his reputation was damaged when his name was linked to words such as 'fraud'.
An Australian legal expert says he's experienced the problem first hand and is calling for governments here to act before the courts are forced to.
Rebecca Brice reports.
REBECCA BRICE: What do you do when you Google your name and the word fraud comes up? If you're a businessman, you sue Google. That's what's just happened in Germany and the court sided with the businessman.
The man, whose identity is anonymous, claimed his reputation and that of his company were affected by the search engine's auto-complete function. That's where the search engine suggests possible search terms, in this case 'fraud' and 'scientology' came up.
The federal court of justice in Karlsruhe issued a statement on its judgement.
COURT STATEMENT (voiceover): In not a single search result is a link between the plaintiff and Scientology and/or fraud apparent.
REBECCA BRICE: But the court also ruled Google won't have to pre-empt the problems.
COURT STATEMENT (voiceover): The operator is as a basic principle only responsible when it gets notice of the unlawful violatio...