'The Right to be Forgotten': A Philosophical View

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Luciano Floridi

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute; University of Bologna- Department of Legal Studies

Date Written: May 15, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Floridi, Luciano, 'The Right to be Forgotten': A Philosophical View (May 15, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3853478 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3853478

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