Man Says Google’s Auto-Complete Ruined His Life
December 12, 2013 11:25 am - NewsBehavingBadly.com
Jeffrey Kantor says when he was looking for “how do I build a radio controlled airplane” Google called up “how do I build a radio controlled bomb.” After clicking on it, there was nothing but trouble.
He was subsequently fired by Appian Corporation for reasons involving the search, and he has since sued “a host of government officials, including Attorney General Eric Holder, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry in Federal Court, alleging civil rights violations, disclosure of private information and retaliation,” Court House News reports.
Kantor’s complaint explains that he initially searched for how to build a radio-controlled airplane in order to purchase a birthday present for his son…
Kantor claims that this search prompted a government inquiry into his personal life and his personal information, including monitoring of his web activity and emails. He also claims that the government harassed him and threatened him, ultimately forcing him out of his job with Appian.
Kantor is seeking “$13.8 million in compensatory damages and $45 million in punitive damages, as well as an injunction ordering the government to stop stalking him,” according to Court House News.