France is headed to the European Court of Justice to establish whether it can force companies such as Google to de-list search results globally.

France’s data regulator is seeking clarification on whether material removed under the “right to be forgotten” (RTBF) law should only be removed within France or if it should be de-listed on every Google domain.

RTBF was established in 2014 when a man called Mario Costeja complained that searching for his name on Google returned out-of-date material about an unsettled debt and didn’t reveal that his debt was settled.

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