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A Look at the "Right To Be Forgotten"

ONLINE PRIVACY

March 15, 2011

The ramifications of a "right to be forgotten" online are explored in an internet evolution feature that looks at the call on both sides of the Atlantic for online privacy protection and, more specifically, the push in the EU for a right to "erase your Internet tracks forever." The report references a recent post by Peter Fleischer, noting that "anyone who has considered codifying such a right into law hasn't thought through the implications." The report goes on to consider the historical and legal implications of removing, for example, the online footprints of criminals. Ron Miller writes that "whether you can delete the content is not really the point. The real question is: Should you? And if you do, does this amount to censorship?"
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