The Conseil d’Etat has requested preliminary rulings from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in relation to a number of cases concerning the implementation of the right to be forgotten. In particular, the Conseil d’Etat queried the obligations which apply to search engine operators in relation to websites that contain sensitive personal data.

In referring its questions to the CJEU, the Conseil d’Etat highlighted the collection and processing of data relating to sexual orientation, political, religious or philosophical opinions, criminal offences, convictions or safety measures as an area which required greater clarity. The cases brought before the Conseil d’Etat raise questions that are closely connected with the obligations of a search engine operator when such information is embedded in a press article or when the content that it relates to is false or incomplete