“This is going on your permanent record!”
The Right to be Forgotten Meg Leta Jones “The Internet never forgets.” That’s the adage of the Digital Age, a time when whatever we post online threatens to linger forever. The Internet is full of personal data from our pasts that can haunt our futures. The consequences can be serious, affecting relationships, employment, academic success, and any number of other unforeseeable opportunities.
“The so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ has become a firestorm of controversy in today’s Digital Age. With great thoughtfulness and insight, Ctrl + Z explores the right to be forgotten, avoiding the exaggerations and dispelling the myths that often appear in debates about the issue...a truly unforgettable book that grapples with the right to be forgotten with great nuance and erudition.”
Daniel J. Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law, George Washington University
MEG LETA JONES is Assistant Professor of Communication, Culture & Technology at Georgetown University.
One possible solution to this threat? A digital right to be forgotten. Such a right, like the one established in the European Union, could mean that Google (and other Internet entities) will have a legal duty to delete, hide, or anonymize information at the request of users from around the world. Critics of the idea say that it’s an attack on free speech and open access and that it is technologically impossible. What does a digital right to be forgotten mean for the United States and the global Internet community? Ctrl+Z breaks down the debate and provides guidance for a way forward. Our existing perspectives, it argues, are too limited: we imagine that we can either easily forget everything or that we can forget nothing at all. By looking at new theories of privacy and organizing the many potential applications of law and technology, Meg Leta Jones offers us a new set of nuanced choices. And to help us choose, she provides a digital information life cycle, reflects on particular legal cultures, and analyzes international interoperability. In the end, the right to be forgotten can be innovative, liberating, and globally viable.
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