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Google apologises for name suppression breach

08 July 2019

Justice Minister Andrew Little says Google has offered to immediately suspend the part of its system which led to a breach of court suppression orders.

He says Google has reached out with an apology and acknowledgement that fair trial rights need to be protected.

“Google have offered to immediately suspend the part of the system that led to suppressed information being breached. I welcome this responsible approach by Google," Mr Little says.

“Work on how suppression orders will be upheld in the digital age will continue. I look forward to constructive engagement with Google and other multinational tech corporations on long term solutions."

Mr Little has released a letter from Google Government Affairs and Public Policy spokesperson Ross Young which relates to an email from Google Trends sent to under 200 New Zealanders with information which had been suppressed by the District Court.

Google says that in light of the concerns Mr Little expressed on Twitter, Google has suspended Google Trends emails about searches trending in New Zealand.

"This means that people will no longer receive emails on any trending searches for New Zealand and provides even further assurance against any recurrence."

Last updated on the 16th September 2019