The Right to Be Forgotten: Its Weaknesses and Alternatives

19 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2014

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Martha Garcia-Murillo

Syracuse University - School of Information Studies

Ian MacInnes

Syracuse University

Date Written: November 22, 2014

Abstract

In this article we argue that the European Union directive on “the right to be forgotten” is unrealistic and suggest instead a series of principles that can protect us from the potentially harmful publication of private information. The dissemination of personal information through public and private databases as well as social media is gradually educating humanity about reality: humans are weak; everyone misbehaves; and we need to learn to accept public knowledge of the imperfections of ourselves and others.

Keywords: right to be forgotten, privacy, Europe

JEL Classification: L86, J68, O33, M51, O52, K20, K30, D80, J20

Suggested Citation

Garcia-Murillo, Martha A. and MacInnes, Ian, The Right to Be Forgotten: Its Weaknesses and Alternatives (November 22, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2529396 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2529396

Martha A. Garcia-Murillo (Contact Author)

Syracuse University - School of Information Studies ( email )

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(315) 443-1829 (Phone)
(315) 443-5806 (Fax)

Ian MacInnes

Syracuse University ( email )

900 S. Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2130
United States

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