Google Hit with Criminal Case in India

Google Hit with Criminal Case in India
An image search listing India's Prime Minister among the world's top criminals has earned Google a lawsuit.

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(CCM) — A district court in Allahabad, India has ordered a criminal case against Google contesting an image search that shows the country's prime minister, Narendra Modi, among the top ten criminals in the world. According to the plea, filed by Sushil Kumar Mishra, a search for "top 10 criminals" in Google Images shows Modi's image, along with a disclaimer that reads, “These results don’t reflect Google’s opinion or our beliefs; our algorithms automatically matched the query to web pages with these images."

This is not the first time that Mishra has sought legal action over the search result. However, his consultations with local police and the district's chief judicial magistrate were dismissed on the grounds that the complaint was civil and not criminal. Mishra also attempted to contact the California-based company directly with a letter, which was not met with a response. Google did, however, issue a public apology. "These results trouble us and are not reflective of the opinions of Google. Sometimes, the way [that] images are described on the internet can yield surprising results to specific queries. We apologize for any confusion or misunderstanding this has caused. We're continually working to improve our algorithms to prevent unexpected results like this," a spokesperson for the company said. Now, after almost a year, Mishra has approached the district court with a revision application, which yielded the most recent legal notice to the company warning of possible criminal proceedings. The next hearing for the case is scheduled to be held on Aug. 31.

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