3 Jul 2019

Justice Minister disappointed in Google over Millane suppression breach

From Morning Report, 8:15 am on 3 July 2019

The Justice Minister Andrew Little says he's considering his options after Google said it saw no reason to change the way it operates after it named the man charged with murdering British tourist Grace Millane.

The accused man's name remains suppressed in New Zealand. But after his court appearance last December, his name appeared in a Google email sent to anyone who'd signed up to its "what's trending in New Zealand' service.

On Tuesday Mr Little released an email from Google which said: "We have looked at our systems and it appears that last year's situation was relatively unique as it was a high profile case, involving a person from overseas, which was extensively reported by overseas media.

"Google respects New Zealand law and we are engaging with local stakeholders."

Andrew Little joins Corin Dann in studio to discuss where he'll go from here.