Should We Have the “Right to Be Forgotten” Online? (2)

After knowing what the “Right to Be Forgotten” is, we can look at how people have been reacting to this issue since its inception in Europe and due to its potential application in the United States.
Pro:

  • One can make inaccurate, inadequate, and irrelevant personal information less accessible to others online. – No one will miss the thirty-six consecutive statuses I posted in middle school about being “sooo excitd tht im havin a pool party  w/my bffls”, right?
  • This allows people the opportunity for a fresh start. – Why not put your best foot forward before that job interview?
  • Content is not being deleted from the internet, just from search results. (Though, this could also be a negative,depending on your perspective) – If someone really wants to take the time to dig around the web to find things that don’t even show up when searched for, they have to really want that information for a reason.
  • Each case is assessed individually so that thought is put into each review. – My case won’t be thrown into a generic yes or no pile upon being submitted; my case will be thoroughly evaluated.

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Con:

  • The existing definition is already bringing up censorship issues. – Shouldn’t everyone have access to that which is posted online?
  • This could potentially hinder freedom of speech and the U.S. First Amendment. – Where does the line between privacy and obstruction of pertinent public knowledge exist?
  • Each request must be handled individually, with each case taking time to review. – How long is too long to wait for those pesky search results to go away? Don’t search engines have other work to do besides reviewing cases around the clock?
  • One must pay to hire a lawyer to file a request at this time. – Why do I have to pay for something that is supposedly my “right”?
  • The policies regarding this right are still relatively new and in need of further clarification. – People keep finding issues and are confused with the specifics of this policy every day. 

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There are two sides to every story and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. At the present time, the EU is still discussing specifics of the policy as well as exploring opportunities for expansion. Where do you weigh in on the debate? Should we have the right to be forgotten or do you side with those who believe who ought to be remembered online?

Maddie Joy

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