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Bettina Wulff sues Google over her name search results


Bettina Wulff, wife of former German President Christian Wulff, has included Google in legal action to stop rumors about her private life.

When the name Bettina Wulff is typed into Google’s search engine, suggested search terms include the words “prostitute” and “red light district”.

Google says the auto-generated text reflects what others are already searching for online.

Bettina Wulff denies she has ever worked as a prostitute.

Bettina Wulff, wife of former German President Christian Wulff, has included Google in legal action to stop rumors about her private life

Bettina Wulff, wife of former German President Christian Wulff, has included Google in legal action to stop rumors about her private life

German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported Bettina Wulff had given a sworn declaration denying all allegations relating to prostitution or escort work before her marriage.

The rumors have spread both online and in various media outlets.

It has been reported they were started in order to disrupt her husband Christian Wulff’s political career.

German newspaper Die Spiegel reports she has spent over two years fighting allegations she was once employed as an escort.


“Her lawyers have already issued 34 successful cease-and-desist orders, including one against a prominent German television personality this weekend,” the paper notes.

The same paper says a defamation suit was launched against Google last week.

Google Northern Europe spokeswoman Kay Oberbeck said the site’s search terms were “algorithmically generated” and “include the popularity of the entered search terms”.

“All terms that appear have been previously entered by Google users,” she added in a statement.

The same text generates in rival search engine Bing.com.

In March 2012 Google was ordered to disable the autocomplete function relating to search results for an unnamed man in Japan, who said his name was being associated with crimes he had not committed.