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OPINION: Have you Googled yourself lately?

Greg Ray (via SMH) | Nov. 20, 2012
After a Melbourne man won compensation from Google for being defamed in its search results, Newcastle Herald reporter Greg Ray decided to find out what happened when he searched his name

Perrett, twice jailed for fraud and robbery, ripped off scores of people with fake cancer cures and fooled hundreds with fanciful tales of his alleged university qualifications.

He lives outside the Hunter now, but I still get calls from people telling me they've met him and heard the latest versions of his astounding stories and interesting investment ideas.

Could Perrett demand that the stories about him be struck from search results, preventing people from finding out about his murky past and being put on their guard?

And will it go further than defamation?

Newsagencies have been found liable in the past for distributing offensive material such as illegal pornography.

Would search engines be liable if they directed people to websites containing illegal material?

Seems to me that either the law or the internet is going to have to change.



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