GOOGLE IS FACING PROBLEMS IN FRANCE over the Right to be Forgotten, and has seen the local data privacy people reject its appeals for it to be limited to just European sites.
Google is keen to limit the Right to be Forgotten rules - which are backed by the European Council of Justice - to relatively local waters, and while some thinkers believe that it is a meaningless system without global coverage, it is actively disagreeing with that.
France's data watchdog, the CNIL, disagrees with Google's opposition and it was happy to serve the final local decision on Google after a period of debate and consideration.
"In May 2015, the President of the CNIL therefore put Google on notice to proceed with delisting on all of the search engine's domain names. At the end of July, Google filed an informal appeal asking the president to withdraw this public formal notice. Google argued in particular that it would impede the public's right to information and would be a form of censorship," it said.
"In the light of the applicable legal framework, the president has decided to reject this informal appeal."
The right to be forgotten has been a pain to Mountain View since it came into being in 2013, and Google has often given the impression that it is a difficult task to manage and that it needs input on how best to deal with it. Presumably in these instances it is not interested in the opinions of third parties and is quite happy with the system as it stands.
"We've worked hard to implement the Right to be Forgotten ruling thoughtfully and comprehensively in Europe, and we'll continue to do so," said the firm in its response to this latest approach on the Rfbf.
"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."
Google will now be expected to extend the right to be forgotten across all of the domains that it operates. µ
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