France rejects Google's right to be forgotten appeal

Google is refusing to enact right to be forgotten requests on all search results pages

France

Regulatory authorities in France have rejected Google's right to be forgotten appeal, saying if a citizen files a request for information about them to be removed from regional search results, it should also be taken down from international search results pages too.

The French data privacy regulator, CNIL first demanded the removal of search results under the right to be forgotten extend beyond the borders of the EU back in June, stating: "In accordance with the EU Court of Justice judgement, the CNIL considers that in order to be effective, delisting must be carried out on all extensions of the search engine and that the service provided by Google search constitutes a single processing."

This time around, the CNIL said: "The President of the CNIL rejects Google's informal appeal against the formal notice requesting it to apply delisting on all of the search engine's domain names."

Google said it implemented the right to be forgotten strategy as fairly as it could in Europe, adding: "But as a matter of principle, we respectfully disagree with the idea that a single national Data Protection Authority should determine which webpages people in other countries can access via search engines."

If Google refuses to comply with the CNIL's request, the French regulatory authority will issue the company with sanctions totalling up to 150,000 euros (108,000), which will increase by 300,000 euros (216,000) every time information is removed from Google.fr, but not from worldwide search engines.

France joins a number of other European nations that object to the way the company has rolled out its right to be forgotten initiative. Other regulatory authorities said back in December that if someone requests information is removed from search results, it should be a blanket removal to ensure the "effective and complete protection of data subjects' rights."

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