The name of a man accused of the killing has been suppressed by a court but it appeared in Google Trends e-mails listing top search terms in New Zealand. “We understand the sensitivity around this issue and we have suspended Google Trends e-mails about searches trending in New Zealand,” a Google spokeswoman said in an e-mail.
The company said it respected New Zealand law and understood the sensitivity of the issue. “This … provides even further assurance against any recurrence,” Ross Young, Google’s government affairs and public policy manager, said in the letter to Little, whose office released the letter.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed disappointment about Google’s failure to abide by a court order suppressing the name of a man accused of killing 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane.
Google has suspended an e-mail alerting system in New Zealand following criticism by the government for publishing suppressed details of a murder case, the company said on Friday.