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November 27, 2014

EU seeks to make ‘right to be forgotten’ global

Google only removes results from European versions of its website.

By CBR Staff Writer

European privacy watchdogs are seeking to implement the new ‘right to be forgotten’ rule to all internet domains across the globe, especially .com websites including

Google has only been removing results from European versions of its website, while still including the results on

The Article 29 Working Party of EU and France watchdog head Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin said: "From the legal and technical analysis we are doing, they should include the ‘.com’."

"There is no legal basis for routine transmission from Google or any other search engine to the editors.

"It may in some cases be necessary, but not as a routine and not as an obligation."

The panel of regulators plan to implement a Supreme Court ruling that enables people to request search engines eliminate personal data which is considered ‘inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant’.

In response a Google spokesperson said: "We haven’t yet seen the Article 29 Working Party’s guidelines, but we will study them carefully when they’re published."

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Upon the implementation of the right to be forgotten in May, Google claimed that in addition to requests that failed to provide adequate context, people have also been requesting the removal of their namesakes’ links.

Google has also notified the chair of the EU’s Article 29 Working Party about the problems it was experiencing in complying with its obligation to remove news links that were ‘inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant’.

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