But if French law applies globally, how long will it be until other countries – perhaps less open and democratic – start demanding that their laws regulating information likewise have global reach? This order could lead to a global race to the bottom, harming access to information that is perfectly lawful to view in one’s own country. For example, this could prevent French citizens from seeing content that is perfectly legal in France.” Google has removed some 550,000 links from searches conducted on its European search engines or conducted in Europe. Over the course of two years Google has at the same time declined roughly 70 percent to 75 percent of RTBF requests. Google addressed to France’s Conseil d’État, the country’s highest administrative court. “This isn’t about just France. This is about a risk to the way the Internet is governed globally,” said Dave Price, a Google lawyer.