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Google insists: French regulator is not global regulator

Staff writer |
In a blog post, Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer said that Google begs to differ with the French data authority CNIL’s interpretation of the Right to be Forgotten (RTBF) ruling by the European courts.

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The order follows the May 2014 ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that established the right for people to demand delisting of “outdated and irrelevant” information appearing in searches for a person’s name. The commission said if Google does not comply, the company could face fines.

Ninety-seven percent of French Google users access online content from the French version of the engine Google.fr but CNIL wants content to be removed from Google.com, as well.

"While the right to be forgotten may now be the law in Europe, it is not the law globally. Moreover, there are innumerable examples around the world where content that is declared illegal under the laws of one country, would be deemed legal in others: Thailand criminalizes some speech that is critical of its King, Turkey criminalizes some speech that is critical of Ataturk, and Russia outlaws some speech that is deemed to be 'gay propaganda.'

"As a matter of principle, therefore, 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."


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