You are What Google Says You are: The Right to Be Forgotten and Information Stewardship
International Review of Information Ethics, Vol. 17, July 2012
10 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2012
Date Written: 2012
The right to be forgotten is a proposed legal response to the potential harms caused by easy digital access to information from one’s past, including those to moral autonomy. While the future of these proposed laws is unclear, they attempt to respond to the new problem of increased ease of access to old personal information. These laws may flounder in the face of other rights and interests, but the social values related to moral autonomy they seek to preserve should be promoted in the form of widespread ethical information practices: information stewardship. Code, norms, markets, and laws are analyzed as possible mechanisms for fostering information stewardship. All these mechanisms can support a new user role, one of librarian - curator of digital culture, protector of networked knowledge, and information steward.
Keywords: information ethics, right to be forgotten, oblivion, information stewardship, Europe, privacy
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