Google rejects French ‘right to be forgotten’ request

Google rejects ‘right to be forgotten’ demand from French Data Protection authority

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

The French Data Protection authority (CNIL) was refused to delete search results worldwide by Google invoking the “right to be forgotten.”

The demand was made in May 2014, stressing the insufficiency and the non-functionality of past searches.

However, Google, which  has received around 220,000 similar requests since March 2015, rejected the demand.

Google pointed out the recusancy on different countries to be able to access other countries’ content on a blog post on Thursday.

"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," Google's global privacy counsel, Peter Fleischer wrote.

The US company also said that the “right to be forgotten” request will only create a competition between countries where the internet will become undesirably free and a “race to the bottom.”

“We’ve worked hard to implement the right to be forgotten ruling thoughtfully and comprehensively in Europe, and we’ll continue to do so. But as a matter of principle, we respectfully disagree with the idea that a national data protection authority can assert global authority to control the content that people can access around the world,” the CNIL said.

According to European regulators and some legal experts, Google should accept the demand as it is possible to switch from one country’s Google to another and have access to certain data.

TRTWorld and agencies