Five years ago, Europeans gained the right to ask search engines to block certain information about them. It was unclear, however, if this “right to be forgotten” extended to Internet searches made outside the European Union.
It appears now not that it does not per an opinion issued by European Court of Justice advocate general Maciej Szpunar. “Search requests that are made outside the territory of the European Union should not be subject to the de-referencing of search results,” wrote Szpunar.
The decision relates to a 2015 dispute between Google and the French watchdog group CNIL (Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés) over Google’s decision to limit the right to be forgotten just to its French domain rather than apply it to all its national search engines.