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Rosen: The Right To Be Forgotten Could Close the Internet

PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.

February 14, 2012

Unless the "right to be forgotten" is defined more precisely as it is implemented within the EU, a clash between European and American conceptions of the proper balance between privacy and free speech could lead to a far less open Internet. That's according to Jeffrey Rosen, who opines in the Stanford Law Review on differences between European and U.S. approaches to "an urgent problem in the digital age: It is very hard to escape your past on the Internet now that every photo, status update and tweet lives forever in the cloud."
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