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French court sends “right to be forgotten” case to CJEU

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French court sends “right to be forgotten” case to CJEU

Google had previously appealed against the order by CNIL, France’s data protection authority, which would have forced Google to delink across all of its domains around the world, and fined Google €100,000 for non-compliance. Yesterday, Conseil d’État, France’s highest administrative court, asked directly the "inventor" of the right to be forgotten whether delinking should apply to all jurisdictions globally, Politico reported.

Google has objected CNIL’s order to delink globally, arguing that citizens in other countries should not be subject to French, or European, law. There is also concern that CNIL’s position could be seen as validating global delinking for countries that may use “right to be forgotten” for censorship aims, Search Engine Land reported.

Last month, the Canadian supreme court ordered Google to enforce “right to be forgotten” decisions worldwide, leaving it to Google to argue that complying with the order would force it to violate other countries’ laws.

WAN-IFRA has released an extensive report on the “right to be forgotten”, as well as having called national courts to uphold freedom of expression in all “right to be forgotten” claims. 

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Teemu Henriksson

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2017-07-20 11:34

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