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(Sydney Morning Herald)   Australian surgeon sues over Google auto-complete attached to his name. This should end well   (smh.com.au) divider line 6
    More: Asinine, Australians, Fairfax Media, ACCC, false light, Google, Port Macquarie, bankruptcy  
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d23 [TotalFark]
2013-01-22 08:37:20 AM
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Better to ignore a bad Google auto complete and be thought a fool than sue Google and remove all doubt.
2013-01-22 09:49:51 AM
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SacriliciousBeerSwiller: I actually don't have a problem with this. If any of your names was followed by something offensive anytime a person searched for you on google, you'd be pissed and you know it. Just because it's algorithm based doesn't make it ok. Look at it objectively, not as an internet geek.


Wouldn't this fall under rules for libel? Truth would be an absolute defense. Are there numerous pages noting the name and bankruptcy together? Could O.J. Simpson sue Google if 'trial' autopopulated after typing his name? It does. Hell, he even filed for bankruptcy!
2013-01-22 09:37:25 AM
1 votes:
I actually don't have a problem with this. If any of your names was followed by something offensive anytime a person searched for you on google, you'd be pissed and you know it. Just because it's algorithm based doesn't make it ok. Look at it objectively, not as an internet geek.
2013-01-22 08:51:06 AM
1 votes:
He lost "financiers" due to this? I don't think I'd want to be a business partner with a venture capitalist whose due diligence only went as far as Google's auto-complete and not even bother clicking on the links it returns.
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-01-22 08:35:17 AM
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Paging Barbara Streisand... Paging Barbara Streisand...
2013-01-22 08:34:47 AM
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The suit, filed by Dr Guy Hingston in the US district court in California, claims that when you type "Guy Hin ..." into Google the words "Guy Hingston bankrupt" appear in the auto-complete. He claims this is defamatory as he is not bankrupt.

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Separate documents obtained from Insolvency Trustee Services Australia show Dr Hingston was bankrupted on August 4 2009.
Dr Hingston's lawyer Philip Beazley said that bankruptcy had been annulled.


How do you "annul" a bankruptcy? Either you went bankrupt/filed for bankruptcy or you didn't.
 
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