French court refers ‘right to be forgotten’ case to the Court of Justice of the EU

The case that the highest administrative court in France referred to the ECJ opposes Google and the French data protection authority (CNIL). In March 2016, CNIL had fined Google for only delisting certain links from its search results nationally, rather than globally. Google appealed the decision before the French supreme administrative court, which then brought the case to the EU level. According to Reuters, this dispute highlights significant challenges as well as diverging interpretations of the extraterritorial implications of the ‘right to be forgotten’.