European Data Protection Digest

Industry to Commission: Forget "Right To Be Forgotten"

PRIVACY LAW—EU

March 25, 2011

Reactions to calls for a "right to be forgotten" have varied, with some online industry leaders arguing that is not what Internet users want, The Register reports. That was the message from Facebook officials in light of a European Commission endorsement of such a right in its efforts to update privacy legislation. Speaking at an event in the UK, Facebook's Richard Allan spoke of a "shoot the messenger" mentality where people who are uncomfortable with certain online content do not address the source, instead "going to those places where the content is shared or indexed and asking them to resolve the problem. I think that's extremely worrying for a whole range of reasons." At the same event, one legal expert added, "Right to be forgotten will not work. Simple as that."
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