Google rejects French demand over global right to be forgotten

July 30, 2015
Google has become a lightening rod for critics in Europe on a broad range of issues from privacy to the protection of national p
Google has become a lightening rod for critics in Europe on a broad range of issues from privacy to the protection of national publishers

Google on Thursday rejected a French demand to globally apply the so-called right to be forgotten, which requires the company to remove links to certain information about users if asked.

"While the right to be forgotten may now be the law in Europe, it is not the law globally," Google's global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer said in a blog post.

The statement was a response to a demand by France's national data protection authority, CNIL, to globally implement a May 2014 ruling of the European Court of Justice that allows people to ask search engines to delist links with about them.

The ruling applies when the online is deemed "inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive".

In its post, Google branded the French request "a troubling development that risks serious chilling effects on the web."

"If the CNIL's proposed approach were to be embraced as the standard for Internet regulation, we would find ourselves in a race to the bottom. In the end, the Internet would only be as free as the world's least free place," it added.

Google said it had evaluated and processed more than a quarter of a million requests to delist links to more than a million web pages since the European Court of Justice's ruling.

Following several hundred requests from French users, CNIL told Google in June it should apply the ruling globally and remove from the whole of its network—not just from .fr and other European sites.

"As a matter of principle... we respectfully disagree with the CNIL's assertion of global authority on this issue and we have asked the CNIL to withdraw its Formal Notice," Google said.

Google has become a lightening rod for critics in Europe on a broad range of issues from privacy to the protection of national publishers.

The Wikipedia information website has described the European ruling as creating "memory holes" in the Internet, while critics of the US Internet giant have said such standards are necessary to protect the privacy of citizens.

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Osiris1
not rated yet Jul 31, 2015
Google is chilling enough all by itself. Its 'google-analytics' web site is ubiquitous all over the web. It seems to be on EVERY site chompin' to get into your computer and wreak or wreck its havoc. Only 'Ad-Block' and NoScript seem to block it. If you have a chrome browser you are screwed to the wall cuz' it is OWNED and MADE by ...google. Europe needs to get some balls and start levying billion dollar fines and enforce them all thru Europe but all thru all the former colonies of every nation in Europe. THAT will HURT.
Osiris1
not rated yet Jul 31, 2015
The real BAD guy hear however now is Microsoft with their 'WiFi Sense' built into Windows10. It is using most likely back doors into its previous editions in order to steal EVERYONE'S wi-fi passwords and 'storing them on Microsoft's servers. I for one would seriously object to this seeing that Microsoft has a deal with the Chinese Commies to hand over all Microsoft's source code to the Chinese hacking troops in order to be allowed to sell Windows in China. Would YOU like the Chicoms in YOUR computer, planting false evidence and then turning you in unless you gave the Chicoms classified info that you happened to know and they knew you knew cuz' they had OTHER records that the stole in order to finger YOU!!

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