Google’s auto-complete function has been around on the company’s search tool, since a while now, but it may now have to be discontinued following a complaint. Reportedly, a court in Japan has asked Google to do away with their auto-complete function on Google Search, since it has been harming a user’s online reputation. Times of India now reports that a Tokyo District court has agreed to a petition filed by a certain user, who’s stating that typing his name on Google search has been throwing up search suggestions, which link him to crimes he has no role in, thereby harming his online reputation. He added that if someone happened to click on any of those links, then it would put up search suggestions that would depict his client is a bad light. The petitioner’s lawyer, Hiroyuki Tomita was quoted as saying that the turn of events, over the past few years has been affecting his client so much, that he has been finding it difficult to find an employment for himself, since his online reputation is now being questioned.
Auto-complete to go off?
Google’s auto-complete function, as aforementioned has been a very popular and now very a common feature on search, enabling users to search quickly, often without having to type in entire queries . The tool often relies on the keywords, which users may have previously typed in to induce a search.