France Rejects Google’s Request To Limit “The Right To Be Forgotten” To Europe

France Rejects Google’s Request To Limit “The Right To Be Forgotten” To Europe

The data protection regulator of France is not supporting the demand made by Google to limit the “right to be forgotten” to those websites with European domain names.

Google made an appeal to an order made in May that compelled the search engine giant to extend the “right to be forgotten” to all the websites worldwide. This includes even google.com.

Google has been carrying out the request to remove the search results only for the version of a search engine that was accessible from the country the request was made. For example, if the request is made from France then google.fr. Europeans were able to switch to google .com and see the search results without any censoring.

Now Google will have to face fine as well as the case being extended to broader levels in Europe.

France’s Commission Nationale de L’informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) rejected Google’s appeal to keep “right to be forgotten” rule as they are, and ordered the search giant to meet the terms or face sanctions.

According to the CNIL, the present practice is pointless and wants Google to remove the unwanted links from all sites. Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, the CNIL president gave 15 days time for Google to comply with the ruling.

According to the president, if the right was only applicable to some website extensions, it could be easily thwarted by the users. This will reduce the efficiency of this rule. Applying the rule based on the internet user who uses the search engine and not on the data searched will make the “right to be forgotten” ruling inefficient.

Google in its appeal said that CNIL is going beyond the jurisdiction in implementing the “right to be forgotten”. However, CNIL said that it even wants the non-European companies to follow the European laws when they are offering their services in the country.

A Google spokeswoman said that the company has been working hard to implement the ruling in Europe comprehensively and will continue to do so in the future as well, but the company respectfully disagrees with the fact that the data protection authority of a single country is determining the web pages that can be accessed by people from other countries using the search engines.

This is the second time Google is having a clash with CNIL. Earlier there were issues regarding the privacy policy of the search engine and this battle resulted in a fine of €150,000 for Google.

References:

www.pcworld.com

www.pcmag.com

www.theverge.com

September 23rd, 2015 by