On May 30, 2013, the French Data Protection Authority (“CNIL”) launched a public consultation on the digital “right to be forgotten.”

The CNIL recalled that the principle of a digital “right to be forgotten” is established in the Proposed EU Data Protection Regulation and that this new right will have to be exercised in accordance with freedom of expression, freedom of the press and the duty of remembrance.

In this context, the CNIL decided to consult web users with a goal of defining the broad outlines of the digital right to be forgotten. The CNIL also announced that it will consult industry experts and other professionals in parallel.