The “right to be forgotten” will again be taken up by Europe’s top court and the outcome could have significant implications for the way link removals are handled. This case, which builds upon a 2014 ruling that ordered Google and others to remove certain results, will decide whether Google must delist links globally.
CNIL, France’s data regulatory, has called on the company to globally delist certain results. But Google insists on complying with the right to be forgotten ruling by only delisting results on local versions of the search engine.
If CNIL is successful, everyone’s search results on Google would change when people request a link be removed due to being old, out of date, or irrelevant. It’s also possible the Court of Justice of the European Union could decide Google must remove links around the EU, but not globally.