Google has been ordered by a German federal court to clean up the auto-complete results suggested by its search engine.
The ruling stipulated that suggestions are not defamatory or offensive.
It came after an unnamed German man found that Google.de linked him with "fraud" and "scientology".
Google has been told by the court to remove defamatory word combinations, adding that the privacy of an individual would be violated if the associations put forward by auto-complete were untrue.
Google has not, however, been asked to sanitise its entire index.
A federal court statement read: "The operator is, as a basic principle, only responsible when it gets notice of the unlawful violation of personal rights."
The ruling overturned two previous decisions made by less powerful German courts.
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