HK court: Tycoon can sue Google over autocomplete

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 6, 2014 at 6:06 am •  Published: August 6, 2014
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It's the latest legal headache for Google over its search service. Earlier this year, the European Union's top court ruled that Google and other search engines must respond to requests seeking removal of links to personal information.

Last year, a German court ruled in favor of a nutritional supplements company and its owner who sued Google to remove autocomplete terms suggesting links to Scientology and fraud.

Justin Davidson, a partner at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, said that while the Hong Kong defamation case has yet to go to trial, "the principle at stake here could have important ramifications for how Google may need to adapt more pro-actively its search engine in future."

He said that would be akin to changes happening in Europe with fast growth in "right to forget" requests that Google and other search engines are now receiving.

A Google spokesman declined to comment.

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Online: http://legalref.judiciary.gov.hk/lrs/common/ju/judgment.jsp