French privacy regulator, CNIL, has rejected Google’s informal appeal against its ruling (as reported previously) that individuals’ right to have posts removed extends to Google’s websites worldwide, including Google.com (and not just Google’s European websites such as Google.de or Google.fr). In doing so CNIL stressed that, contrary to suggestions by Google, this would not amount to applying French law extraterritorially. Instead, CNIL characterised the decision simply as “[requesting] full observance of European legislation by non European players offering their services in Europe”.
Link (CNIL): CNIL Decision
The Guardian has revealed that 95% of the “right to be forgotten” requests received by Google up to March 2015 concern private personal information. Less than 5% of the 220,000 “right to be forgotten” requests to Google concern criminals, politicians and high-profile public figures.
Link (The Guardian): Google accidentally reveals data on “right to be forgotten” request
French privacy regulator, CNIL, has recently ordered Google to extend individual’s right to have posts removed from its websites worldwide, including Google.com (and not just Google’s European websites such as Google.de or Google.fr). In response, Google said it disagrees with CNIL’s authority to make such an order on the basis that “while the right to be forgotten may now be the law in Europe, it is not the law globally.” CNIL is currently considering Google’s appeal.
Link: BBC: Google defies French regulator’s “right to be forgotten” ruling
The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued its first ever “right to be forgotten” enforcement notice against Google Inc. The ICO followed the 2014 European Union Court of Justice’s decision in Google Spain SL, which permits anyone to request the removal of information where that information is inaccurate, inadequate, excessive or, irrelevant. In each case, a number of factors will be relevant including the type of information in question, its sensitivity, the role of the individual in public life, the amount of time which has passed and the interests of the public in having access to the information.
ICO ordered Google Inc to remove several links to new stories about the complainant’s previous criminal offence, which was committed almost ten years ago. Google Inc has not indicated whether it will appeal the decision.
Link: UK ICO issues “Right to be Forgotten” enforcement notice