France turns screws on Google

GoogleFrench data protection authorities want Google to get rid of traces of people who have successfully asked the search company to down results to apply worldwide, and not just in Europe.

Last year, the European Court of Justice said that people who live in Europe had the right to be forgotten. And while Google has complied with such requests, it appears that details can still be found in non-European countries.

According to Reuters, the French regulator has told Google that if it doesn’t start doing that within 15 days, it will be liable to additional sanctions. But sanctions include a fine that can only be a maximum of 150,000 euro.

It’s not just France that thinks that results should be scrubbed worldwide. Other data regulators in Europe agree with its stance, the Reuters report said.