Conceptualising a Right to Oblivion in the Digital World: A Human Rights-Based Approach

38 Pages Posted: 22 May 2012

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Napoleon Xanthoulis

King’s College London, Dickson Poon School of Law

Date Written: May 22, 2012

Abstract

The right to oblivion, else known as right to be forgotten, has recently conquered the legal debate. The ‘proprietary’ or ‘control-based’ approaches on personal data, reflected in the current data protection mechanisms are unable to provide full protection under the rapid evolution of ICT. This article attempts to present the academic discussion on the proposed right and put forward a conceptual approach of the right to oblivion from a human-rights based perspective. An effective right to oblivion confirms the need for a paradigm shift in the traditional understanding of private information/life, leading to a multidimensional conceptualisation of the right to privacy.

Keywords: right to oblivion, right to be forgotten, human rights, data protection directive, EU data protection reform

Suggested Citation

Xanthoulis, Napoleon, Conceptualising a Right to Oblivion in the Digital World: A Human Rights-Based Approach (May 22, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2064503 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2064503

Napoleon Xanthoulis (Contact Author)

King’s College London, Dickson Poon School of Law ( email )

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United Kingdom

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