European Data Protection Digest

Cerf Condemns Right To Be Forgotten Provision

ONLINE PRIVACY—EU

March 30, 2012

Speaking with The Daily Telegraph at the opening of a new museum exhibit this week, one of the co-founders of the Internet condemned the "right to be forgotten" provision in the European Commission's proposed new data protection framework, describing it as an impractical proposition. "It's very, very hard to get the Internet to forget things that you don't want it to remember because it's easy to download and copy and re-upload files again later," said Vint Cerf, who works for Google as its chief Internet evangelist. Cerf went on to say that parents should engage their children in "the art of critical thinking."
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