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Woman sues Google, Yahoo and Bing over explicit video - Demands removal from search engines

Woman sues Google, Yahoo and Bing over explicit video - Demands removal from search engines
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One of the most unseemly things that can be found online these days is revenge porn. This is when explicit material, such as photos or videos, are posted to the internet without someone's consent. It's normally posted by an angry ex after a relationship has ended.

It has become such a problem that many U.S. states have passed revenge porn laws, making it illegal. However, it's still legal in some states and one woman is taking action to try and do something about it.

A 30-year-old college student living in New York state is suing Google, Yahoo and Bing. She is trying to have her full name permanently deleted from those search engines. The reason? You guessed it, she's a victim of revenge porn.

The woman has a one-of-a-kind West African name. She broke up with her boyfriend of three months a little over a year ago. The jilted man then published tapes of the two having sex, which he recorded without the woman's knowledge, onto a few X-rated websites.

The victim reported this to police but since revenge porn is still legal in New York, nothing could be done. She ended up asking the X-rated sites to remove the videos, and they complied. However, her nightmare had already spread across the internet.

Since the woman's name is so unique, when you search for it online, over four pages of explicit references to her still come up. This is why she is suing to have her name removed from the search engines.

The woman's lawyer says it's such a problem that she isn't able to get a job. Not even an internship. You're probably aware that most employers do an internet search of potential hires.

Court documents say that the woman is asking for an injunction that would force the search engines to remove her full name. This is a first of its kind lawsuit.

A lawyer told the "NY Post" that the woman will most likely lose this case. He said, "Her name is public. I don't think you have an exclusive right to your name."

Some search engines already have policies in place to deal with revenge porn. Click here if you want to read how Google handles it.

This is a sensitive topic that people need to be aware of. You never know when someone could be watching you or recording your every move.

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