CNIL, the French privacy regulator attempted to assert authority over Google globally saying that the EU’s “right to be forgotten” (RTBF) would apply to the entire Google.com index, and not just the EU jurisdiction. In a move to counter, Google said that RTBF removals should apply to European domains exclusively, and Europe’s top court agreed.

But despite Google’s counter attempt, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), one of two highest courts in Europe, ruled that RTBF and any other corresponding delisting request don’t apply globally and that data protection authorities in Europe (in general) doesn’t possess the authority to regulate or control what the rest of the world sees on Google or any other search engine.

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SourceGreg Sterling