'The Right to be Forgotten': A Philosophical View
16 Pages Posted: 28 May 2021
Date Written: May 15, 2015
The “Right to be forgotten” lies at the heart of the infosphere debate. It embodies how mature information societies cope and deal with their memories. As such, it has become a defining issue of our time. Drawing on the author’s experience as a member of the Google Advisory panel, this paper discusses some of the salient points of the “Right to be forgotten” discourse, including: privacy vs. freedom of speech and availability vs. accessibility of information. It argues that, while there should be no removal of past information, steps must be taken to ensure that this is not constantly, or unnecessarily, recalled.
Keywords: The "Right to be forgotten", Privacy, Freedom of Speech, Availability, Accessibility of Information
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