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Court Orders Terms Deleted from Search Feature

PRIVACY LAW—JAPAN & U.S.

March 27, 2012

The Japan Times reports on the Tokyo District Court's approval of a petition to require Google to delete terms from its auto-complete search feature. The petition alleges the feature breached one man's privacy and resulted in the loss of his employment, according to his attorney. The report notes the individual believes that because the auto-complete function provided "words suggesting criminal acts, which he is unfamiliar with" when his name was typed into a browser search that he lost his job and struggled to find employment. "Google has rejected the order, saying that its U.S. headquarters will not be regulated by Japanese law," the report states.
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