JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (France and European Union) CNIL Orders Google to Comply With Right to be Forgotten Worldwide Within 15 Days #general

Jan Meisels Allen

Last year Google lost a European Union Court of Justice ruling and is now
required to "delist" links when requested to do so by the subject of the
link - even when the linked story is true. Google (and other search engines
such as Yahoo and Bing) have been delinking but only on their European
Union-based sites. A French Court found in February that the "right to be
forgotten" should be global, that is, links should be removed on all of the
search engines' sites, including those outside of the European Union. Google
maintains that the ruling should only apply the ruling across its European
domains, such as in France and in Germany.

The French Data Protection Agency, CNIL, has decreed that the earlier French
Court decision on delisting to be global needs to be followed and has given
Google 15 days to comply or sanctions will be imposed. France is the first
country to open a potential sanctions process against Google if its
practices are not changed.

To read the CNIL release see:
Original url:

Reuters article may be accessed at:

Thank you to Paul Silverstone, IAJGS PRAMC member and IAJGS Treasurer for
bringing this to our attention.

To read the background of this issue and the European Union and "right to be
forgotten" go to IAJGS Records Access Alert .
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