Alphabet (GOOGL) has filed an appeal against a March decision by a French regulator mandating a 2014 court decision ordering "the right to be forgotten" to be applied globally. Simply put, the ability to petition Internet search results to be scrubbed internationally, not just in Europe.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based web search giant said in a Thursday post on its Google Europe Blog it challenged the ruling in an op-ed column in the French daily evening newspaper Le Monde. In the op-ed, Google maintains that French authorities behind the decision, data regulator CNIL, violated the norms of international law.
"For hundreds of years, it has been an accepted rule of law that one country should not have the right to impose its rules on the citizens of other countries," the opinion piece, penned by the company's global general counsel, Kent Walker, read. Walker pointed to a Thai ban on insulting the country's king or a Brazilian statute prohibiting negative campaigning, all of which are legal in other sovereign nations, including the U.S.
According to Walker's op-ed, Google has complied with the Court of Justice of the European Union's 2014 ruling in every E.U. country, reviewing almost 1.5 million web pages and removing around 40%. In France, specifically, Google examined 300,000 in France and delisted almost 50%.