Germany's Former First Lady Bettina Wulff Sues Google for Defamation Over Autocomplete

Bettina Wulff, wife of former President to fight against the spread of rumors and denunciations about her alleged past lives on Friday, filed a lawsuit in the Hamburg Regional Court against the TV presenter has Günther Jauch and Google.The 38 year old to the court submitted a sworn declaration stating that all allegations about her […]

Bettina Wulff German's former First Lady Sues Google Autocomplete for Defamation

Bettina Wulff, wife of former President to fight against the spread of rumors and denunciations about her alleged past lives on Friday, filed a lawsuit in the Hamburg Regional Court against the TV presenter has Günther Jauch and Google.

The 38 year old to the court submitted a sworn declaration stating that all allegations about her alleged past life as a prostitute or escort lady was false.

When you search for "Bettina Wulff" on Google, the autocomplete feature fill the box with search with terms like "escort" and "prostitute."

The rumors, she claims according to the German newspaper's report, are "defamation" and have "destroyed her reputation."

Legally, that spectacular are the lawsuits against Jauch and Google.

"Through the lawsuit against Google will now be prevented from entering the name "Bettina Wulff" in the search bar appear by what is called AutoComplete function words such as "red light past" or "escort"," reports Germany's Süddeutschen Zeitung.

In anther case, a Japanese man in March this year filed a suit against Google after the "autocomplete" started linking his names with a number of crimes he says he wasn't involved with.

A court in Japan, ordered Google to disable part of its autocomplete function in Japan after complaints it violates privacy.

"A Japanese court issued a provisional order requesting Google to delete specific terms from autocomplete," the company said in a statement. "The judge did not require Google to completely suspend the autocomplete function."

Also, back in May this year, a number of French groups accused Google's of violating French anti-discrimination laws after its "autocomplete" feature started milabeling the term "juif" (Jewish) to complete searches for celebrities, politicians, and other prominent figures. Google latter settled the case with French Anti-Racism Groups in July.

Google Autocomplete sued over Jewish suggestions