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French privacy agency CNIL stands firm, orders Google to remove links worldwide

France’s data privacy agency has ordered the search engine giant Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) to remove the search results worldwide and offers time-limit of two weeks to remove the search engine results globally.google-search-right-to-be-forgotten

On Friday, the order from CNIL comes almost a year after the rule from the Europe high court states that people has the right to control, what sorts of things to be appeared when their name is searched in the internet.

CNIL mentioned on its website as,

“If Google Inc does not comply with the formal notice within the fifteen days the President will be in position to nominate a Rapporteur to draft a report recommending to the CNIL Select Committee (the Committee in charge of imposing sanctions in case of violation of the French data protection law) to impose a sanction to the company,”

Till now, Google has received around 268,000 requests from the people all around the globe to remove URL from the search results after the May 2014 decision. More than 55,000 requests were made by French citizens itself. Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, president of the company mentioned that the order which has passed to remove search result worldwide “is only telling international companies that operate in Europe that they must conform to European law.”

The company also mentioned that it is consistently receiving hundreds of complaints from people whose requests for removal of search engine results has not approved by the Google. After analyzing the complaints, the CNIL said it has requested the search engine giant to perform de-listing of several results from the search results globally.

Google has failed to respond directly, when it was asked to de-list the search results, when it is asked to expand the de-listing to .com too. Google has already argued about the de-listing .com, since very less amount of traffic of Europe goes to .com. Christopher Mesnooh, a Paris-based American lawyer specializing in trans-Atlantic business law, said France is the first country in the world to pass various laws for protecting privacy.

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