Japanese Court Orders Removal of Google Autocomplete Terms in Defamation Case

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Erris

If the guy was fired because his employer did not know how to do a proper web search, then he can sue the employer for being fired with no reason. Google has no fault in that.

What's next, an employer will hear on the news that somebody with same name like one of their employees committed a crime and fire the employee without actual research? Will the court then forbid the news agency to report news?

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Ghok

I love auto-complete. Great way to see what the world is really thinking and what evil weirdos we all are.

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jnite

Do people actually think when you type your name in a Google search that you are actually what pops up? You're not famous enough to show up on a Google search. When I type my name in Google I found out I am a famous author. I had no idea! Seriously, shouldn't it be common sense not to take searching your own name so seriously?

If you do pop up in a Google search then I assume you are somewhat famous or have been part of the media news in some fashion. In which case, that's just Google doing its job and showing the most popular searches for what you put in.

If I'm just missing something tell me because this is silly and I'm with Google on this.

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Ledoubleu

I respectfully disagree,,,

What if it was this man's employer (or prospective employer etc) typing in his employees name and popped up with these questionable results? Why should it be made his responsibility to prove innocence? IMHO, partial information, whether improbable or not, can be more dangerous and potentially slanderous and damaging to personal privacy. There may be more to the story but based on the available info that's how I feel.

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jnite

That's the employers fault then. Not Google or the employee. This shouldn't be about Google's search result, but a business using a search engine to research an employee and not taking the time to check the validity of the articles or for that matter make sure it is not someone with a similar name. Google was not designed to research a very specific person unless they are popular enough to show up in the search results.

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dubcek

It always amazes me that US companies refuse to honour the laws of the countries they operate in yet expect everyone else whether a company or country to apply US laws within their own countries and businesses regardless of their location.
Unfortunately the US government seems to have this same misguided opinion that the only laws that are applicable worldwide are US laws.

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Shalbatana

Actually international law makes Google's refusal perfectly legal.

If pushed however, it's possible Japan could force google to restrict searches in their country specifically or disable their search engine in Japan. China tried that kind of censorship though, it didn't phase google.

Likewise, Japan and/or the plaintiff could probably bring the case to a US court, and try there. At that point, if they succeeded google would be bound to comply.

Your statement kind of confuses laws regarding speech, commerce and trade. On international levels, they are all vastly separate. I'm not saying weather one is right or wrong, I'm just saying there's a difference.

That said...I get the intention of your irony.

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torusya

honor? respect? what are you talking about!

ok, now on the serious note, i think people should leave internet alone! if you have a problem with it, don't use it! Seriously, internet is a free space where we all share everything we have and know and deleting or covering something just defeats the purpose of having in in the first place...

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