NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Google (GOOGL) shares are flat at $550.04 in pre-market trading on Friday after a French data protection agency said that the company must follow European "right to be forgotten" laws and scrub its search results of users who have requested that they be invisible on the search engine globally.
The Commission Nationale de L'informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) said that the company has 15 days to comply with the request before it begins levying sanctions against the U.S. search engine company.
Today's announcement follows the European Court of Justice's ruling last year that Europeans had the right to request that search engine results bearing their names be removed from the site if they are out of date, irrelevant or inflammatory.
While other search engines like Microsoft's (MSFT) Bing and Yahoo (YHOO) have acquiesced to the ruling, Google has sidestepped the law by only delisting names from European sites, according to Reuters.
Google maintains that the law should only affect its European sites while regulators say that the rule should be global.
"In accordance with the judgment, the CNIL considers that in order to be effective, delisting must be carried out on all extensions of the search engine and that the service provided by Google search constitutes a single processing," the regulatory agency said, according to Reuters.
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