European Data Protection Digest

Opinion: Who Owns Your Online Posts?


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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