Questioning the Right to be Forgotten

Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 40, No. 2, pp. 109-112, 2015

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 16/59

5 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2016

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Michael Douglas

The University of Western Australia Law School

Date Written: July 13, 2016

Abstract

The Internet has an almost unlimited capacity to remember, which has been described as the problem of ‘digital eternity’. Digital eternity presents a challenge for the protection of the right to privacy. This article questions Europe’s controversial response to that challenge in the so-called ‘right to be forgotten’. Since May 2014, search engine providers like Google have been required to remove thousands of links to personal data upon request. The article identifies the practical and ethical difficulties that come with observance of the right to be forgotten.

Keywords: Right to Be Forgotten, Privacy, Digital Eternity, Google, Internet

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Douglas, Michael, Questioning the Right to be Forgotten (July 13, 2016). Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 40, No. 2, pp. 109-112, 2015; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 16/59. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2808944

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