Google Ordered To Delete Search Data (NASDAQ GOOG)

Google Inc (NASDAQ GOOG) was instructed by a Japanese court to delete the search results that link a person to a crime he did not commit. Tokyo District Judge Nobuyuki Seki state that some of Google’s search results infringed the personal rights of the complainant.

The Asahi Shimbun and other local media reported that the Tokyo District Court issued a provisional order indicating that Google Inc (NASDAQ GOOG) must delete almost 50% of the 237 entries on the search results related to the name of the plaintiff.

The person filed an injunction against the search engine giant in June. The man argued that the search results from Google Inc (NASDAQ GOOG) suggested that he was involved in a crime. According to the complainants, the search data compromised his privacy and poses a threat to his daily life. Tokyo District Judge Nobuyuki Seki stated in his order that some of Google’s search results infringed the personal rights of the complainant.

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“Google, which manages the search engine, has the obligation to delete them. The man received tangible damage from the search results, which give the impression that he is a bad man,” according to the judge.

Technology observes believed that it is the first time for a Japanese court to order a search engine company like Google Inc (NASDAQ GOOG) to delete its search results. However, there is a previous court ruling in the country related to certain aspects of the search engine giant’s “auto complete” function.

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Last year, A Japanese lower court ordered the company to delink words in its auto complete function to prevent the search engine from suggesting that crimes were committed when users typed a person’s name. The lower court’s ruling was overturned by Tokyo High Court in January.

A spokesman for Google Inc (NASDAQ GOOG) confirmed the order from the Tokyo District Court. “We’ve just received the order, so we are reviewing the order,” said the spokesman. He added that the company complies with legal take-down notices, like in Europe for its cloud-enabled IT solutions and services, but in the Japanese case Google Inc is also reviewing its options including an appeal.

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