Germany is where a country goes when it wants to lose a case. Last week it was Apple and this week it’s Google who lost in a second legal outing there. The first time was over Google Maps’ Street View and a data breach which resulted in them having to fork over $189,000. In this case, Germany’s Federal Court of Justice went at Google’s autocomplete over infringement and defamation when it comes to certain search queries.
Google were handed a loss over defamation steaming from their autocomplete feature in Japan as well where they were also fined $189,000. As it stands, Google isn’t required to remove autocomplete, but it’ll have to screen defamation claims when it comes to the search results. The ruling could have further reaching consequences with the ongoing Bettina Wulf case in Germany.
Google has an ongoing case versus Microsoft which holds the future of Google Maps in the country.