France’s data regulatory authority has ruled US giant Google must scrub European users’ data from its servers worldwide and not just in Europe, if a consumer requests the right to be “forgotten”.
The French court is following the European Court of Justice’s 2014 ruling outlawing “out of date, irrelevant or inflammatory data”.
For the last year the major search engines have begun to comply with users’ privacy requests, under certain criteria, and unevenly. Google has been notable for only applying the ruling to its European sites.
EU data protection watchdogs, many legal experts, and former German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, who has advised Google on privacy following the European ruling, think it should be global, although the company insists each ruling should apply to each market.