The two sides will be seeking clarification on a 2015 decision by the French regulator requiring Google to remove results for all its search engines on request, and not just on European country sites like google.fr
Previously, only searchers using a European Google version (such as google.fr
or google.co.uk) would have results that meet the requirements removed.
As a result of this ruling, Google agreed to delist search results from country code level domains--such as Google.fr
for France--to remove offending results for European users, without affecting the rest of its users worldwide.
from European versions of Google, such as google.de or google.fr
Google complied by partially delisting search results on its domains, specifically targeting its European sites, such as France's google.fr
and Germany's google.de.
In May, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) ordered Google to apply RTBF removals not only to the company's European domains such as google.co.uk or google.fr
, but also to the search engine's global domain google.com.
to make its search engines local in many European states (for example, www.google.at, google.de, google.it, google.fr
In the searches I ran for French-language information for my semantic search query, I had better success using more traditional search systems such as Exalead's engine, Google.de or Google.fr
, and Yandex or Yandex.ru.
Selon [beaucoup moins que] le figaro.fr [beaucoup plus grand que], la sanction pecuniaire s'accompagne de l'obligation de publier "un communique relatif a cette decision sur la page d'accueil de google.fr
sous huit jours a compter de la notification" de cette decision, et ce pendant 48 heures, a precise la Cnil.
The search results removed were only from European versions of Google, such as google.co.uk or google.fr
. Last year, the French data protection authority threated Google with a fine if it had not removed results globally, succumbing to that pressure, this ruling now means results will not appear on any version of Google.
However, it has limited removals to its European websites, such as Google.de in Germany and Google.fr
in France, arguing that more than 95% of searches made from Europe are done through local versions of Google, Reuters reported.
I don't have to fiddle with queries sent to Google's country-specific indexes such as Google.fr
for French-language news or Google.it for Italian stories.