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Opinion: Forget Being Forgotten

ONLINE PRIVACY

November 15, 2010

On both sides of the Atlantic, privacy is front and center on the regulatory stage. The Wall Street Journal reports on discussions in the U.S. on new laws and an EU proposal that, "People should have the 'right to be forgotten' when their data is no longer needed or they want their data to be deleted." However, Adam Thierer, president of the Progress and Freedom Foundation, contends, "A privacy right should only concern information that is actually private. What a 'right to be forgotten' does is try to take information that is, by default, public information, and pretend that it's private." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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