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Did Google Autocomplete Ruin This Man’s Life?



A cautionary tale: Back in 2009, government contractor Jeffrey Kantor was browsing online, seeking to make a radio-controlled airplane for his son. He began to type his search into Google: “How do I build a radio-controlled”—[enter autocomplete]—”bomb.” That’s right, before Kantor knew it, he had accidentally asked Google how to make an explosive device. And his life would never be the same.

According to a suit filed in federal court this week by Kantor and as Gawker reported, after his Google autocomplete mishap, the government began harassing Kantor, putting him under constant surveillance and ultimately getting him fired. Read more…

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