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Google hit by New Zealand’s legislature after naming suspect in the murder of the British backpacker

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The body probably British backpacker Grace Millane was discovered in a bush near Auckland, New Zealand. A suspect has been arrested in the murder.

Google is snapped up by a New Zealand legislator after the tech giant reportedly published with the name of the suspect in the murder of the British backpacker Grace Millane.

The 22-year-old British tourist was killed earlier this month, police said. They stayed in a backpacker hostel in Auckland when she went missing Dec. 1. Millane failed to contact her family on her birthday the next day, which worried them.

A week later the police found Millane’s body in a wooded area, not far from the side of the road in the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland.

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A 26-year-old man is charged with Millane murder, but has no name.

The BBC reports that the suspect in the case was granted a “temporary name suppression” while he awaits trial. However, the defendant was mentioned in a mass e-mail sent earlier this week by Google, according to the New Zealand Herald. The e-mail that was viewed by the Herald, said to be the name of the accused in her subject.

The e-mail was sent to the people signed up to receive information about “what’s trending in New Zealand.”

New Zealand Minister of Justice, Andrew Little told the newspaper that the publication of the suspicious details in New Zealand is a violation of the court order. If the breach was linked back to the Google infrastructure in New Zealand, the tech giant could be prosecuted, ” he said.

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Google told the Herald that his initial research shows that it is not to know about the suppression of the order. The search giant would comply with an order of the court was made aware of, it said.

The spokesperson said that Google trends alerts are generated automatically using algorithms based on searches in specific regions over a certain period of time.

The police declined to comment on the reports that Millane met the man charged with her murder on Tinder.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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