European Data Protection Digest

Opinion: Who Owns Your Online Posts?

ONLINE PRIVACY

February 17, 2012

The Wall Street Journal asks, "To whom do those embarrassing photos you foolishly posted...truly belong?" Pointing out that the sharing and re-sharing of online posts can make "cordoning off data as yours or mine" a difficult task, the report examines the call for a right to be forgotten as a chance "to wipe clean your digital muck and be reborn as an online tabula rasa." The report notes that the "permanence of information on the Internet is unsettling. A youthful indiscretion once posted can become a lifetime stain." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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