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German court denies personality right infringements by autocomplete suggestions

18 January 2013

Global Media and Communications Watch

Christian Tinnefeld takes a view on a decision of the Appellate Court of Cologne (Germany) that classifies autocomplete suggestions provided in search engines as a technical mechanism steered by software algorithm instead of forming willful statement of the search engine operator. The court dismissed the complaint of a plaintiff who claimed infringement of personality rights caused by insulting keyword suggestions.

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