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Google Inc. must respect requests to remove autocomplete entries from its search bar in Germany if they are defamatory, a German court ruled Tuesday.German Court Rules Google Must Remove Autocomplete Entries If Defamatory [washingtonpost.com]
Google expressed surprise and disappointment at the decision, noting that the autocomplete function merely reflects what other users have searched for.
The company noted that the court hadnít ordered Google to turn off the autocomplete function or to vet all results in advance. Instead, Google has to ensure that defamatory results are checked, and if necessary removed, as soon as they have been brought to its attention, the court said.
[edited by: moTi at 12:25 am (utc) on May 16, 2013]
Without signing in to Google first?
It's a crying shame that "isDefamatory();" isn't a program function that anybody could possibly ever create.
Uhm, sure. You just need to find the search prefs-- which are increasingly hard to locate. I'm glad I put Advanced Search on my bookmarks bar years ago; I doubt I'd be able to find it today. Especially if I didn't already know it existed.
Speculative question: Is it possible that autosuggest works on a pool of all searches, independent of filtering, so it may not even be relevant to your own individual search?