Man’s name is linked to crimes; gets fired. Sues Google.
A Japanese national has taken legal action against Google because searching his name in Google provides an autocomplete list of crimes linked to him. This led to him getting fired several years ago as well as being rejected by potential employers.
The unnamed person recently found out that his name, when searched in Google, provides instant autocomplete terms with crimes “he is unfamiliar with”. This apparent defamation has allegedly resulted in him not getting any jobs as potential employers do a background research on him.
Before turning to the court last October, the man asked Google to delete certain words from the feature. JapanTimes reports that Google refused on the grounds that the suggested words were being selected mechanically, not intentionally, and thus do not violate his privacy.