Google Wins Eu Court Fight Case Against France Imposition Of Block Links Globally
Date: 24 – September – 2019
The EU Court of Justice decided that search engines only need to remove the results from their European versions and not globally.
Google won a battle in the European Union Court of Justice against the CNIL (French Data Protection Authority) after Google received a fine of €100,000 when refused to remove links around the world under the “right to be forgotten” law.
The French Privacy authorities ordered Google to extend the scope of the “right to be forgotten” to all of its platforms in other countries, and make search results disappear, this order of the French authorities could put the internet in a threatening situation, especially if more authoritarian governments begin to embrace the same policy.
The European Court of Justice ruled that “Currently, there is no obligation under EU law, for a search engine operator who grants a request for de-referencing made by a data subject…to carry out such a de-referencing on all versions of its search engine.”
“However, EU law requires a search engine operator to carry out such a de-referencing on the versions of its search engine corresponding to all the Member States”
Thomas Hughes of Article 19, human rights campaign group said: “This ruling is a victory for global freedom of expression [….] Courts or data regulators in the U.K, France or Germany should not be able to determine the search results that internet users in America, India or Argentina get to see.”
This means that Google only is required to block European user’s access to outlawed links but this ruling does not prevent the European authorities to potentially still order the removal of the link worldwide if they decide that the privacy rights have more weight over the freedom of information.