The Rights Of The European Union

1190 WordsMay 13, 20155 Pages
The Right to Be Forgotten (September 2014) Victor J. Williams, MBA Student, Georgia Institute of Technology Scheller College of Business Abstract—The recent advent of right to be forgotten legislation in the European Union has triggered a debate over the ever-oscillating line of demarcation between privacy rights and personal freedoms. The right to be forgotten is essentially the theory that one should reserve the ability to choose what information about one’s past may be publicly accessible. The intent of these policies is to limit the ramifications of one’s forgiven and/or forgivable sins. By empowering the individual with the right to have unfavorable data deleted, it is hoped that onerous social stigmas can be mitigated. However, the impact of that kind of censorship on industry and individual liberties is cause for concern for those outside of the European Union. The task of adhering to right to be forgotten laws poses a headache for technology providers from a feasibility and financial standpoint. Additionally, many countries have laws (and populations) that run in opposition to the philosophical basis upon which right to be forgotten laws are based. This paper will examine the views of three stakeholders on right to be forgotten policies: The United States Government, the European Union, and myself. Index Terms—constitution, google, law, privacy, revisionism, technology, transparency INTRODUCTION T he European Union has come under fire recently for it’s
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