France Looks to Extend "Right to Be Forgotten" Outside of Europe

Sep 22, 2015

Europe's "Right to Be Forgotten" law which allows individuals to request to have results removed from search engine results based on his or her name. Google requires users to fill out a form with information regarding the specific URLs they wish to have removed from results, along with their country of residence. This piece of the law has been in effect for quite some time, but up until now, the results only had to be removed from European search results. Now, France's CNIL, a data protection agency, has rejected an informal appeal from Google and ruled that the company must remove those URLs from all search results.

Among the reasons for the CNIL President's ruling is "If this right was limited to some extensions, it could be easily circumvented: in order to find the delisted result, it would be sufficient to search on another extension (e.g. searching in France using, namely to use another form of access to the processing. This would equate stripping away the efficiency of this right, and applying variable rights to individuals depending on the internet user who queries the search engine and not on the data subject."

However, non-Europeans still can't make requests to "be forgotten" under the law.