Holiday home owner loses fight with Google

Posted on September 7, 2013 by | 0 Comments
Untouchable: Google. Photo: Getty Images

Untouchable: Google. Photo: Getty Images

Google Australia appears to be untouchable when it comes to defamatory material posted on its search engine after a court agreed it was not the publisher but merely a local arm of its American parent.

The decision follows similar cases around the world, including in Britain, Ireland and New Zealand, where courts have found that the subsidiaries of American giant Google Inc are unable to remove URL links and information from the Google Search index and are therefore not responsible.

Newcastle doctor Ratna Ghosh had sued Google Australia in the NSW District Court over a critical blog about a holiday home she owns on the Gold Coast, which included unflattering photos of the property.

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