It has been recently reported that the data protection authority from France has just fined Google for not respecting a privacy ruling of the European Union thoroughly. The major company has to pay no less than €100,000 or $111,720.
According to the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL), Google has to respect the right to privacy of Europeans by deleting inaccurate search results that appear under the name searches. This has to be applied on all its websites.
Two years ago in May, the European Court of Justice had decided that people are allowed to ask search engines like Bing or Google to remove irrelevant or inadequate information from certain web results that appear under the searches for names of persons. This is called the “right to be forgotten”.
Over the past years, there has been a conflict between the data protection authorities and the major company from the United States, especially regarding the ruling’s territorial scope. While Google has previously complied, it has only combed through the results on European websites like Google.fr in France and Google.de in Germany. The company has stated that extending this range would have a dangerous on the information free flow on the Internet.
However, in 2015 Google was ordered by the CNIL to expand the implementation of the rule to all domains including the worldwide Google.com, because users can unknowingly switch between European and American domains.
According to CNIL,
On the other side, Al Verney, a Google spokesman has declared that they are hard at work on implementing the “right to be forgotten” in Europe. However, the company disagrees with the assertion of CNIL on its demand for authority beyond the territory of France. Verney has also stressed the fact that they intend to appeal the French ruling.
Google has previously delisted search results on all the websites it owns when these were accessed from the specific country that sent the request. Unfortunately for the company, SNIL rejected the idea by stating that the user’s right to privacy cannot depend on the geographical location of the people who view the search results.
In the end, the right can only fully be upheld by implementing the rule worldwide for all users.
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