Google has been hit with a lawsuit in France for suggesting that certain celebrities, including News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and Mad Men star Jon Hamm, are "Jewish."
Since 2008, Google has been attempting to anticipate what its users will type into search boxes with its "Suggest" feature, but lawyers for SOS Racisme, a French organization that fights discrimination, say that by connecting persons with an often persecuted religious minority, the web giant is overseeing “the creation of what is probably the biggest Jewish file in history.”
According to local press reports, there's a hearing scheduled for Wednesday in the lawsuit. The plaintiff is contending that Google's users are confronted daily with unsolicited and systematic associations between famous people and their Jewishness.
This isn't the first time that Google has gotten in trouble in France for the way it auto-completes what users type into search boxes.