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German court orders limits on Google hints

BERLIN — Google Inc. must respect requests to remove auto­complete entries from its search bar in Germany if they are defamatory, a German court ruled Tuesday.

The Federal Court of Justice upheld a complaint from an unidentified company selling nutritional supplements and its founder, identified only as ‘‘R.S.’’ The plaintiffs claimed that when their names were entered on Google’s German-language website, it suggested links to Scientology and fraud.

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