Germany's top court rules, no need for Google to vet websites

Team SoOLEGAL 28 Feb 2018 4:00pm

Germany's top court rules, no need for Google to vet websites

Frankfurt - In a judgement which may have far reaching implications, The German Federal Court of Justice,the country's top court ruled that Google (GOOGL.O) is not legally required to check those websites that it shows on its search engine are free from defamatory content.

The decision came in the case filed by two individuals seeking to stop Google from displaying links to websites on which they were defamed by other internet users. They said their right to be forgotten is being violated and they wanted the court to ask Google to place such search filters that stops the search engine from showing such weblinks.

Rejecting this argument, the court said “Instituting a general duty to inspect the content would seriously call into question the business model of search engines, which is approved by lawmakers and wanted by society. Without the help of such search engines it would be impossible for individuals to get meaningful use out of the internet due to the unmanageable flood of data it contains."

In context of this ,it will be of use for reader to know that in May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) had ruled that individuals could ask search engines, such as Google and Microsoft’s Bing (MSFT.O), to remove inadequate or irrelevant information from web results appearing under searches for people’s names - under the “right to be forgotten”.

Since then Google has received more than 24 lakh such results and have removed 43% of these.

Tagged: Google   "Right to be forgotten"   The German Federal Court of Justice  
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