Paoletti et all v. Google, 68306/12

Tribunale di Milano [Tribunal of Milan], Civil.
Document type
Court Decision
Reversing its previous decision of March 24, 2011 on the liability of search engines for the results generated by the "auto-complete" function. The court resoned that those results are not "stored not structured, organized or influenced by Google, which simply analyzes their polularity and releases them through automatic software on the basis of an algorithm"; therefore, Google cannot be considered a "content provider" but is instead a catching service, intended to facilitate users' access to online information, and as such exempted from liability for the information it stores; the decision was delivered in connection with a damage claim against Google on the basis that its "auto-complete" function predicted defamatory words when a user begun to enter the name of the plaintiff or his industry association.
Topic, claim, or defense
Defamation or Personality Rights
Document type
Court Decision
Issuing entity
Lowest Domestic Court
Type of service provider
Search Engine or Index
Cache Provider
Type of law
General effect on immunity
Strengthens Immunity