Google’s Appeal Against ‘right-to-be-forgotten’ Rejected by French Data Regulator

Google’s appeal against the enforcement of Right To Be Forgotten (RTBF) has been rejected by the French data regulator, Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL).

The CNIL had ordered Google in May to apply RTBF removals on its European domains such as or and its global domain as well.

Google in returned filed an appeal stating that it would impede the public’s right to information, and that it “risks serious chilling effects on the web”.

The authorities rejected Google’s appeal stating that the RTBF must be applied across all extensions of the search engine.

“Contrary to what Google has stated, this decision does not show any willingness on the part of the CNIL to apply French law extraterritorially. It simply requests full observance of European legislation by non-European players offering their services in Europe,” said a CNIL official in a statement to The Guardian.

If Google refuses to comply with the ruling, CNIL is likely to apply sanctions including a fine of €300,000 against Google.

“We’ve worked hard to implement the ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling thoughtfully and comprehensively in Europe, and we’ll continue to do so. But as a matter of principle, we respectfully disagree with the idea that one national data protection authority can assert global authority to control the content that people can access around the world,” said a spokesperson from Google while talking to The Guardian.

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