European rules that allow individuals the “right to be forgotten” online could be extended worldwide.
The European Court of Justice is hearing evidence on the matter and will rule in 2019.
Google argues that extending the law could turn it into a tool for censorship, in “less democratic” regimes.
France's regulator said that Google is currently not respecting the rights of citizens to have information erased.
'Right to be forgotten' could threaten global free speech, say NGOs
The “right to be forgotten” online is in danger of being transformed into a tool of global censorship through a test case at the European court of justice this week, free speech organisations are warning.
An application by the French data regulator for greater powers to remove out of date or embarrassing content from internet domains around the world will enable authoritarian regimes to exert control over publicly available information, according to a British-led alliance of NGOs.