French DPA confirms Google must apply right to be forgotten on all its domain extensions

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On September 21, 2015, the French Data protection Authority CNIL (Commission Nationale de l’Information et des Libertés) rejected Google’s informal appeal against the formal notice (see here) requesting it to apply delisting on all the search engine’s domain names, not only “fr” but also  .es; .co.uk; .com, etc.

The CNIL noted that if the right to be forgotten is 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 google.com).”

The DPA also warned Google that it must now comply with the formal notice. Otherwise, the President of the CNIL may designate a Rapporteur who may refer to the CNIL’s sanctions committee with a view of obtaining a ruling on this matter.

 

CNIL press release can be found at http://www.cnil.fr…

For more information, Francesca Giannoni-Crystal

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