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Should We Allow For The Right To Be Forgotten?

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 29, 2011

Christopher Wolf of Hogan Lovells and the Future of Privacy Forum appeared on Bloomberg Law recently to discuss privacy law in its current and future states. When asked if the "right to be forgotten," currently being considered as part of the amended EU Data Protection Directive, should become U.S. legislation, Wolf said it depends. "There is some information that it's in the public interest that it remains...It gets incredibly unwieldy if you give individuals the right to erase any evidence of their existence or episodes in which they've participated. There are lots of reasons we want to be able to check up on potential employees, potential babysitters, potential teachers."  
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