• ClarrieM

    “While both of these cases involve alleged violations of French or Italian law the not-so-subtext is the Continent upholding the rights of the individual vs. the American invader that allegedly wants to erode or destroy them and European cultural traditions in the process. The legal cases and political (and perhaps legislative) objections to Google will continue.”

    Well said, with all the disdain for “Johnny Foreigner” that we Brits used to exemplify 100 years ago when we had an empire…

    The problem facing all global corporations, and particularly those with internet based based businesses, is that they have to recognise that cultures and laws in other countries in which they operate can vary from those of their own, and they have to observe these differences in their operations, something which can be difficult given the intrinsically global nature of the beast.

    The laws created by a country generally reflect a social or cultural need based in the particular character of that country – in France and Italy they have strict privacy laws, that are contrary to the more open “anything goes” US approach.

    It’s not a case of “the Continent upholding the rights of the individual vs. the American invader” but a question of whether Google ignored its social, cultural, and legal obligations in how it conducted itself in these two countries, which have specific laws in place to protect the rights of individuals to privacy.

  • keonda

    Google has just decided to appeal. Can’t find the AFP source, but here’s one of the many french media mentions about it.