(The Hosting News) – Google’s “right to be forgotten” may be extended globally instead of just Europe, as the European Union is pushing for the tech giant to erase search results across the whole web.
According to Reuters, the EU is working on a set of rules that will help their cause in the European supreme court, which will offer people the ability to ask for links to be removed which are “inadequate, irrelevant, or no longer relevant.”
“From the legal and technical analysis we are doing, they should include the ‘.com’,” said the head of EU group that oversees 28 watchdogs, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin.
The issue at hand is that the EU wants all right to be forgotten links removed across the whole web, not just on European domains such as .fr or .co.uk. European users can still find their results by searching on Google’s .com domain, says the Wall Street Journal.
A Google spokesman commented on the matter stating: “We haven’t yet seen the Article 29 Working Party’s guidelines, but we will study them carefully when they’re published.”
In May the European Union Court of Justice rules that Google must comply with requests from individuals who wish to have links removed about them. This ruling forced the search engine to remove links about users, even if they are true and lawful.