The Right to Be Forgotten in the Post-Snowden Era

Privacy In Germany, No. 5, 2014

17 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2015

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Paul A. Bernal

University of East Anglia (UEA) - Norwich Law School

Date Written: August 10, 2014

Abstract

The revelations of Edward Snowden of at least part of the true extent of the gathering and processing of communications data by the intelligence services of many nations, most notably the US and the UK, sent shockwaves through the Internet, not least amongst those concerned with privacy. Though the information revealed relates primarily to government surveillance, the ramifications are far wider and far greater than that. It is hard to find a privacy-related issue that has not been affected by them. The behaviour and actions of people, businesses, governments and courts have all seen changes, and those changes have an impact.

The right to be forgotten is one of those issues: it may seem to have nothing to do with government surveillance but there are both direct and indirect connections between the two. The Snowden revelations have had an impact on how we understand the right to be forgotten, how the right to be forgotten is being implemented, and how we might find an appropriate future for it.

Keywords: Snowden, Right to be forgotten, Google Spain

Suggested Citation

Bernal, Paul A., The Right to Be Forgotten in the Post-Snowden Era (August 10, 2014). Privacy In Germany, No. 5, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2689685

Paul A. Bernal (Contact Author)

University of East Anglia (UEA) - Norwich Law School ( email )

Norwich NR4 7TJ, Norfolk
United Kingdom

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