The case could determine how broadly the EU can apply its strict privacy laws—and who sets global standards for how to balance personal privacy with free expression.
Other countries could demand global removals based on their idea of what the law should be around the world.
But it says that complying with the CNIL s order to apply the right to its sites outside Europe would encourage other countries that want to censor content—and would remove Google s leverage to resist those demands.
France s CNIL denies there is a territorial question, saying it wants only to fully apply European Union law to individuals in Europe.
The CNIL adds that by not applying the new right to be forgotten to all of its websites, Google is denying them the application of a fundamental right guaranteed in EU treaties.
The CNIL also argues that the right to be forgotten doesn t amount to censorship because even when it is exercised, a link to the offending comment remains accessible on Google search.