Google not liable for vanity search results: US court
(REUTERS) - A Wisconsin woman trying to protect her "wholesome" image failed to persuade a federal appeals court to hold Google Inc liable because searches for her name could lead people to advertisements for drugs to treat sexual dysfunction.
The 7th United States (US) Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said on Wednesday, Beverly Stayart did not show that Google violated Wisconsin privacy laws by misusing her name to generate advertising revenue.
Ms Stayart claimed that a search for "bev stayart" on the world's largest search engine generates a recommended search for "bev stayart levitra," which can direct users to websites that offer treatments for male erectile dysfunction.
The Elkhorn, Wisconsin resident said this was at odds with her "positive and wholesome image" linked to her advocacy for animal rights, her research in genealogy, her published poems and her MBA degree from the University of Chicago.