Opinion: Should There Be a "Right To Be Forgotten?"
PRIVACY LAW—EUMarch 21, 2011
While a report in internet evolution examines expert reactions to calls in the EU for a 'right to be forgotten," an opinion piece in The Guardian suggests that such a right would mean "extreme withdrawal" from the world around us. In her column, Tessa Mayes writes that--despite EU Commissioner Viviane Reding's call for Internet users to have the right to withdraw consent and have their online data removed--"to say there should be a right to be forgotten is to say we can live outside society. We can't." Robert McGarvey, meanwhile, writes that expert opinions on whether the granting of such a right is a workable solution "are much less optimistic than you might hope."