How Much Are Americans Hiding?

1690 Words Dec 20th, 2016 7 Pages
How much are Americans hiding? With internet and social media, these days it is hard to hide any personal information. It is as easy as searching a person’s name in Google to find out any information needed about a certain individual. This allows any records to be available to be seen online, and a person’s past to remain apart of their future, or their internet search. Europeans on the other hand, can hide whatever they want on the internet with the “right to be forgotten,” requesting Google to take off any unwanted information from their search engine at any time. As Europe pushes for this law in the United States more everyday, many citizens in the U.S. can think of things they would want erased about themselves from internet searches, but they also need to think of how much they would want hidden from their own eyes about others. Although Europe strongly supports the “right to be forgotten” and giving internet users more control over their online reputations, the United States should not acquire this law because it would go against the first amendment (the right of free speech), it would be “unfair and deceptive”(Peterson, 2015, par. 2) to U.S. citizens, and it would allow other countries to determine American’s laws or freedom. The “right to be forgotten” first originated in Spain after Mario Costeja Gonzalez saw an article in a “newspaper widely circulated in Spain” called La Vanguardia concerning unpaid social security that Costeja Gonzalez had in 1998 (Kropf,…

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