Google is stirring up the news yet again in the mist of another privacy dilemma. The tech giant is going to oppose a recent pleading by the EU, to globally expand the reach of its “right to be forgotten” rules implemented in Google’s search engine.
Google is scheduled to appear in the EU’s Court of justice in Luxembourg on Tuesday. Speculations suggest that the tech giant is going to put up a fierce argument against the France’s data privacy regulator in an attempt to downturn the EU’s legal order to globally remove search results from their search engine upon request.
The two sides are also going to be exchanging talks regarding the CNIL’s case of 2015 in which France’s privacy regulators expanded the EU’s right to be forgotten upon every site regardless of what jurisdiction they are accessed from.
This was the same case in which Google was fined € 100,000 euros by the CNIL.
This law is very concerning according to Kent Walker, who stated that complying by such laws “would encourage other countries, including less democratic regimes, to try to impose their values on citizens in the rest of the world.”
Google’s personal gripe with the EU is over the fact that if EU’s right to be forgotten law is exercised globally, it would give counties an unlawful right to exert regulatory dominance beyond their assigned jurisdiction.
This case is certainly going to be the most high-profile case we have seen recently and certainly going to establish a fine line between online borders and jurisdictions.
Google has further stated that, ever since the court ruling, the company has received roughly 2.74 million links for closure, from which Google claims to have deleted around 44%.
However, not all for closure requests have been approved, which raises the concern that people can simply use proxies or virtual private networks like PureVPN to search for blocked search results.
For the time being, the outcome of the case is uncertain and it would take around few months until we hear the final verdict from the advocate general of European Court of Justice EJC.