Update on French Conseil d’Etat’s request for a preliminary ruling on the right to be forgotten

On September 11, 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) began hearing evidence from over 70 stakeholders in the case whose judgement shall outline the territorial scope of the right to be forgotten.

The panel of 15 CJEU judges will rule in 2019.

The request for a preliminary ruling (Case C-507/17) was lodged by the French Conseil d’État on 21 August 2017 with reference to the case Google Inc. v Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL).

While Google argues a position that would limit the scope of the right to be forgotten, the French CNIL advocates for a more “global delisting approach”.

More information on the requests for a preliminary ruling is available here.

More information on the September 2018 hearing is available at https://www.bloomberg.com… and at https://www.bbc.com


The right to be forgotten has been judicially recognized by the CJEU with the Google Spain judgment  (Case C-131/12). More on case C-131/12 is available at http://www.technethics.com…

ECJ’s right to be forgotten decision: Europeans have the right to disappear from search engines’ results – C-131/12




For more information about how privacy is implemented in Europe, contact Francesca Giannoni-Crystal & Federica Romanelli.


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