France’s data privacy watchdog CNIL (Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés) rejected an informal appeal made by Google against CNIL’s formal request that Google apply the EU’s “right to be forgotten” doctrine throughout all of its search engines, not just its websites with European domain names (e.g., or  As we have previously reported, the European Court of Justice ruled in May 2014 that an individual has the right to request that search engines delist search results found by searching for his or her name.  CNIL believes allowing Google to maintain these links on its non-European extensions would “strip away the efficiency” of a person’s right to be forgotten, as it could be “easily circumvented” by simply searching for the person’s name on a different Google website.