EU Demands that Google’s ‘right to be forgotten’ to be Worldwide Searches, Not just in the EU

31 July 2015 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

Google is fighting a June 2015 order from the French CNIL (Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés) that ordered Google to “delist links not just from all European versions of Search but also from all versions globally.”  Google’s Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer blogged on July 30, 2015 about the background of the EU May 2014 ruling:

…the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) established a “right to be forgotten”, or more accurately, a “right to delist”, allowing Europeans to ask search engines to delist certain links from results they show based on searches for that person’s name. We moved rapidly to comply with the ruling from the Court. Within weeks we made it possible for people to submit removal requests, and soon after that began delisting search results.

However Mr. Fleisher’s blog about June CNIL order called this as a “troubling development that risks serious chilling effects on the web” and ultimately:

…the Internet would only be as free as the world’s least free place.

This CNIL order applies to other search engines, but since Google accounts for 90% of the search engine traffic the EU, Google is the target of testing the broadening the ‘right to be forgotten.’

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