How Google’s Autocomplete Feature Allegedly Ruined a Man’s Life and Resulted in a $60 Million Lawsuit Against the Gov’t

Jeffrey Kantor claims all he wanted to do was figure out how to get a special gadget built before his son’s birthday.

And what do you do when you want to build a ratio-controlled airplane but don’t know how?

Google search, of course.

So Kantor claims one day way back in October 2009 he started to type in his intended search phrase, “How do I build a radio controlled airplane?”

Only problem Kantor says is that after he typed the word “controlled,” Google search allegedly auto-completed his phrase with the word “bomb” at the end instead of “airplane,” and Kantor inadvertently hit the enter key.

Since then, Kantor claims, his life has been a nightmare of government surveillance, harassment, and loss of employment .

Federal Lawsuit Complains Mistaken Google Search Led to Government Surveillance and Harassment

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For those reasons Kantor is suing the feds for nearly $60 million in damages, naming the likes of Attorney General Eric Holder, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry in his lawsuit, according to Courthouse News. (His suit also directs the federal court to order the government to stop stalking him.)

He also claims government investigators visited him at work and made “anti-Semitic comments repeatedly over the course of five months,” Kantor’s suit alleges, adding that officials monitored his book purchases and home computer.

Soon coworkers were repeating back his private information, including emails, websites Kantor clicked on, library books he checked out, all the way down to private conversations, according to the suit.

And it gets even weirder.

“If Kantor ever got angry after his private information was repeated back (by slamming a cabinet or typing loudly on his computer), the [subcontractor] CRGT and Northrop Grumman employees would tell the same story about how there was a neighbor in their community who seemed like such a nice guy, but then went on a murder suicide,” the complaint states. “If Mr. Kantor stayed calm after they repeated back his private information, they would instead spend the hour talking about how people drop dead from hypertension. This happened every day for almost three months.”

Kantor’s suit also notes that the threats got worse after he complained to the Anti-Defamation League and the government even secretly attached a GPS antenna to his car.

Soon Kantor lost his job but alleges that the harassment and stalking kept on happening in connection with new work for other government contractors.

(H/T: Gawker)

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