Google has refused to comply with a French request to scrub some search results from its global index.
The row has blown up over the “right to be forgotten” ruling that lets people request that some webpages be removed from results.
This only applied in Europe but in June France’s data regulator told Google to remove results seen by everyone.
Google declined and asked the regulator to drop the case. It refused and is now considering punishing the firm.
Google’s Right to be forgotten
The “right to be forgotten” ruling was passed by the European Union’s Court of Justice (ECJ) in May last year. Since then, Google is believed to have handled more than 320,000 requests to remove data from its search index.
All enquiries are strictly confidential.