A Japanese man who says he lost his job because of Google obtained in court a ban on the company’s auto-complete search function.
The man said the auto-complete function, which suggests words automatically while a user types on Google’s search engine, has violated his privacy. The statement was made by his lawyer Hiroyuki Tomita and quoted by Kyodo.
Google is however refusing to suspend the feature, saying that its U.S.-based headquarters cannot be regulated by Japanese law.
The man, whose name was not made public, explained in his petition to the Tokyo District Court that when an user types his name on Google, words suggesting criminal acts appear and that he is unjustly accused and defamed.
He added that if the user selects the suggested words, about 10,000 items defaming him appear in a list.
The man thinks the matter is likely to be the reason behind his firing several years ago, as well as for being systematically turned down by other companies when he afterwards applied for jobs.