Google's right to be forgotten should only apply in Europe, says the judge of the highest court in the EU
Google's right to be forgotten should only apply within Europe, says EU High Court Advisor as a boost for the technology giant
- Google triumphs as an EU advisor, saying that privacy laws should only apply in the EU
- EU law can force Google to remove people's names under & # 39; right to be forgotten & # 39;
- Google argued that the law should be lifted for domains outside the EU, such as Google.com
- The non-binding opinion was presented to the European Court of Justice on Thursday
Ross Ibbetson for Mailonline
An EU rule that forces search engines to remove certain links with references to individuals should only apply in the EU, according to the block's most experienced lawyer.
Google fights with France about the law "right to be forgotten", which the US company likes to see restricted to European domains of its website – such as Google.fr or Google.co.uk – and not Google.com or domains outside the EU.
In 2014, the European Court of Justice granted the right for individuals to remove references to these persons from the results of search engines under certain conditions.
Advocate General Maciej Szpunar told the European Court of Justice on Thursday that EU law "should limit the scope of the referral of search engines to the EU".
In this file photo, the Google offices in New York City, when the opinion of the EU Advocate General is taken by judges of the ECJ, Goggle-captains will have reason to party
Judges at the ECJ usually, but not always, follow the legal advice of the Advocate General of the court.
Szpunar is not in favor of such a broad interpretation of the provisions of EU law that they would have consequences beyond the borders of the 28 member states, "the statement added.
The American technology giant was vehemently opposed to the decision in 2014, but complied with the ruling by deleting search references once they were requested in its European domains.
The French data regulator, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL), opposed the distinction and said that the company should apply the deletion to all extensions, regardless of the national domain.
In 2016, CNIL fined Google 100,000 ($ 112,000) for non-compliance and Google appealed to the highest judge in France, who in turn referred to the ECJ for an opinion.
Google argues that the application of the right to be forgotten is effective in more than 99% of the cases in France.
It also adds that the company has implemented geo-blocking technology for EU searches that try to use non-EU domains to access the listed information.
In September, judges from the EU heard a long list of stakeholders, including human rights groups who fear violations of EU law to be forgotten by authoritarian states outside the bloc.
In 2014, the European Court of Justice granted the right to individuals to remove references to these persons from the results of search engines under certain conditions.
In a statement, the lobbying body for technical giants, including Google, welcomed the opinion.
The advice & # 39; takes into account the right of EU residents to be deleted while respecting the constitutional rights of citizens outside the EU, said CCIA Senior Manager Alexandre Roure.
We hope that the final decision of the Court will adopt the same pragmatic and balanced approach, & # 39; he added.