Google’s appeal against the hotly debated issue of “right to be forgotten” on the Internet has been rejected by the French data regulator, said the Guardian.
In May, the Commission Nationale de I’Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) ordered the search engine giant to apply “RTBF removals” to Google’s global domain—not just French borders. Those demands from Paris have gained traction over the summer. A recent Compliance Week article highlighted that the problem here is simple: The French demands might be practically impossible for companies like Google to meet as they fly in the face of American press freedoms.
In July, Google filed an informal appeal against CNIL, claiming that this move is a form of censorship and “risks serious chilling effects on the web.”
In a statement, CNIL said: “Contrary to what Google has stated, this decision does not show any willingness on the part of the CNIL to apply French law extraterritorially. It simply requests full observance of European legislation by non European players offering their services in Europe.”
Now that the French data regulator has rejected Google’s appeal, the company must comply with the order and toss out thousands of delistings from its google.com and other in non-European domains, said the Guardian. Should Google refuse to comply with the order, CNIL can apply sanctions including slapping the tech giant with a €300,000 fine. And it won’t get easier for Google as the European regulatory landscape continues to evolve the fine could increase to between 2 percent and 5 percent of Google’s global operating costs. Google, however, retains the right to appeal the decision and the fine in the Supreme Court for administrative justice, Conseil d’Etat.