Google: Japanese court didn't ban all our search suggestions
News On Japan via mashable.com -- Apr 01
Google is setting the record straight about a court's demands that Google stop automatically completing its searches in Japan.
Google searches on most browsers and devices automatically suggest search terms that you might be looking for, based on their popularity. Type "mash," for example, and the search engine will suggest you're looking for "Mashable" followed by a suggestion for "mashed potatoes."
Numerous outlets reported that a court in Japan had asked Google to suspend the autocomplete function entirely, after a Japanese man claimed his certain criminal acts appeared as a suggestion next to his name when Googled. The man claims he was fired from one job, and missed out on being hired from others, because of the association.
The court ruled that certain terms must be deleted from searches, Google says - rather than a blanket ban on autocomplete.
A spokesperson from Google tells Mashable the company can't say what terms will be removed from Google autocomplete searches in Japan, since it is a current legal matter.
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