As long as Europe has a problem with Google, it looks like the Right To Be Forgotten (RTBF) will never just peacefully exist as it is. For the last several months, there have been public hearings and discussions surrounding the idea of the “geographic scope of delisting.”
So what exactly is the issue? Advocates for delisting wants to know exactly how broadly should it apply? Will it end up applying just to EU-member versions of Google, or should it apply to all Google.com results as well?
This is what has been circulating lately around RTBF. Last week, the Google Advisory Council on RTBF had issued their formal report about it through TechCrunch.
In the report, it is said that delisting be limited to the local versions of Google. This also includes any other search engine as well.
“The Ruling is not precise about which versions of search a delisting must be applied to. Google has chosen to implement these removals from all its European-directed search services, citing the CJEU’s authority across Europe as its guidance.
The Council understands that it is a general practice that users in Europe, when typing in www.google.com to their browser, are automatically redirected to a local version of Google’s search engine. Google has told us that over 95% of all queries originating in Europe are on local versions of the search engine. Given this background, we believe that delistings applied to the European versions of search will, as a general rule, protect the rights of the data subject adequately in the current state of affairs and technology.”