Google Convicted Again In France Over Google Suggest

Matt McGee on
  • Categories: Channel: SEO, Google: Legal, Google: Outside US, Google: Suggest
  • For the second time this year, Google has lost a lawsuit in France related to the search suggestions that appear on Google Suggest.

    The recent case involved the appearance of the words “rapist” and “satanist” in search suggestions for the plaintiff’s name. The plaintiff had previously been convicted on appeal for corrupting a minor, but the AFP reports that the “conviction was not yet definitive” when the man discovered what Google Suggest was showing for his name.

    Google has been ordered to make a “symbolic payment” of one euro in damages and to take steps that will ensure the offense doesn’t happen again. A Google spokesperson tells the AFP that the company plans to appeal the court’s decision.

    Earlier this year, Google lost another French case over similar complaints about words appearing in Google Suggest.


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