France rules Google must remove offending search results worldwide

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France's data privacy regulator rejected Google's appeal of an order to remove search results worldwide upon request, saying Monday that companies that operate in Europe need to abide by the prevailing laws. If a French citizen files a request under the "right to be forgotten," CNIL said Google must comply with the order worldwide -- not just on European extensions of its search engine, such as .fr, .es, or .de for example -- or face possible sanctions. The agency denied that it was trying to apply French law on the "right to be forgotten" globally, as Google had accused the watchdog of doing.

Its latest order came in response to the May 2014 ruling from Europe's highest court that people have the right to control what appears when their name is searched online. Google says it has received 318,269 requests for removal, and delisted about 40 percent of the URLs that it evaluated as part of the requests.

Google has argued the precedent would leave it vulnerable to similar orders from any government, democratic or totalitarian. "The Internet would only be as free as the world's least free place," the company wrote in July on its Europe policy blog.

World's least free place (Score: 3, Insightful)

by on 2015-10-06 07:47 (#PKC0)

I'm not saying that I agree with France's regulator point of view, but Google's argument ought to be:
The Internet would only be as free as the world's least free place in which we operate
They stopped their operations in China for reasons if I remember correctly. But sure Google, feel free to operate in North Korea to make your point and see how that goes.
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