France fines Google over ‘right to be forgotten’ privacy violations – Business Intelligence Info

(Reuters)–TheFrenchdataprotectionauthoritysaidithasfinedGoogle100,000euros($111,720)fornotscrubbingwebsearchresultswidelyenoughinresponsetoaEuropeanprivacyruling。

TheonlywayforGoogletoupholdtheprivacyrulingwasbydelistingresultspoppingupundernamesearchesandlinkingtheminsteadtooutdatedinformationacrossallitswebsites,theCommissionNationaledel’InformatiqueetdesLibertes(CNIL)saidinastatementonThursday。

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InternetgianthasbeenatloggerheadswithseveralEuropeanUniondataprotectionauthoritiessincetheEuropeanCourtofJusticeruledinMay2014thatpeoplecouldasksearchengines,suchasGoogleandMicrosoft’sBing,toremoveinadequateorirrelevantinformation–dubbedthe“righttobeforgotten”。

Googlecomplied,butitonlyscrubbedresultsacrossitsEuropeanwebsitessuchasGoogle。

deinGermanyandGoogle。

frinFranceonthegroundsthattodootherwisewouldhaveachillingeffectonthefreeflowofinformation。

InMaylastyeartheCNILorderedGoogletoexpanditsapplicationoftherulingtoallitsdomains,includingGoogle。

com,becauseoftheeaseofswitchingfromaEuropeandomaintoGoogle。

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“ContrarytoGoogle’sstatements,applyingdelistingtoalloftheextensionsdoesnotcurtailfreedomofexpressioninsofarasitdoesnotentailanydeletionofcontentfromtheInternet,”theCNILsaid。

AspokesmanforGoogle,nowaunitofholdingcompanyAlphabet,saidthecompanyhadworkedhardtoimplementthe“righttobeforgottenrulingthoughtfullyandcomprehensivelyinEurope。



“Butasamatterofprinciple,wedisagreewiththeCNIL’sassertionthatithastheauthoritytocontrolthecontentthatpeoplecanaccessoutsideFrance,andweplantoappealtheirruling,”AlVerney,Google’sspokesman,said。

Thecompanydidtrytoassuagetheregulator’sconcernsinFebruarybydelistingsearchresultsacrossallitswebsites–includingGoogle。

com–whenaccessedfromthecountrywheretherequestcamefrom。

ThatmeantthatifaGermanresidentasksGoogletode-listalinkpoppingupundersearchesforhisorhername,thelinkwillnotbevisibleonanyversionofGoogle’swebsite,includingGoogle。

com,whenthesearchengineisaccessedfromGermany。

ButtheCNILrejectedthatapproach,sayingthataperson’srighttoprivacycouldnotdependonthe“geographicoriginofthoseviewingthesearchresults。



“Onlydelistingonallofthesearchengine’sextensions,regardlessoftheextensionusedorthegeographicoriginofthepersonperformingthesearch,caneffectivelyupholdthisright,”itsaid。

(ReportingbyJuliaFioretti;EditingbyAlastairMacdonaldandElaineHardcastle)

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