The Supreme Court on September 19 blocked use of 43 Sex Determination Keywords that may throw up results violative of the pre-natal sex determination laws in India.
Search Engines where these 43 keywords have been blocked, include online giants like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft (Bing).
The Bench, which was led by Justice Dipak Misra, also shot down the argument given by the counsel for Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft that they would only block other keywords after such information is brought to their notice.
The Supreme Court rather told them:
“In our considered opinion, they (search engines) are under obligation to see that the ‘doctrine of auto-block’ is applied within a reasonable period of time. It is difficult to accept the submission that once it is brought to their notice, they will do the needful. It need not be over emphasized that it has to be an in-house procedure/method to be introduced by the Companies, and we do direct.”
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