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Google Ordered to Change Search Function in Germany

May 14, 2013

A German court Tuesday ordered internet giant Google to remove autocomplete entries from it search bar in the country, if requested to do so on defamation grounds.

The Federal Court of Justice upheld a complaint from an unnamed nutritional supplements company and its founder, claiming that Google's German-language website linked them to Church of Scientology and fraud.

Google insists its autocomplete function simply reflects what others have been searched for.

The court's decision follows another case in Germany brought by Bettina Wulff, the wife of the nation's former president.

Wulff launched legal action against Google after finding out that its autocomplete function linked her to terms such as "escort" and "red light."

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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