Google has been subject to the EU Court of Justice’s “right to be forgotten” law — a requirement that search engines delist requested pages from results — for years.
The law enables anyone in the EU to pressure companies like Google to take down search results they don’t like.
But this week, Google is pushing back against efforts to expand the right to be forgotten globally.
During a hearing at the European Court of Justice on Tuesday, France’s privacy watchdog the “Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes” argued that websites delisted under the EU law should be also delisted across all Google domains around the world, the BBC reported.
Google, meanwhile, continues to argue that expanding the law would turn it into a censorship tool in “less democratic” systems of government.
Tuesday’s hearing, which reportedly involved 15 court judges and around 70 stakeholders, also reportedly weighed the issue of how the expansion of the right to be forgotten law might be applied to other search engines and social networks.