• France rejects Google’s ‘right to be forgotten’ appeal, says compliance must be global

    Article by RT News

    As I wrote over a year ago (in an article only available in French), Google is not about to forget anyone soon. Even though compelled to extend data removal requests to all of its websites and not just to those based in Europe, Uncle Sam's Internet giant is not too keen on the CNIL's decision construed as an attempt by France using European law to impose its national law beyond its boundaries. Clearly, what is acceptable to Americans never applies in reverse. This is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. With more to lose from globalised right to oblivion, we can expect that like many corporations Google would rather pay heavy penalties. As for the CNIL, the French watchdog cannot afford losing this battle at the risk of losing its legitimacy. Time will tell as they say. But it doesn't bode well for us, ordinary citizens. The CNIL's formal notice is available HERE (in French only).


    French data privacy regulator, CNIL, has turned down Google’s appeal against removing data on a global level from search engine results falling under the ‘right to be forgotten’ adopted in Europe.

    The EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ (RTBF) allows citizens to demand search engines delete links to pages that appear when searching their name if the information they contain is incorrect, outdated, irrelevant or damaging.

    Google established a form where people can request removals after the European Court of Justice ruling in May 2014. The US tech giant has revived 320,000 RTBF requests since then and fulfilled around 40 percent of them.


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