Response to Information Privacy

The EU’s “right to be forgotten” allows private citizens to make requests to private companies to have their information removed from databases and prevent other public requests for said information. All “data controllers” which operate within the EU are subject to citizens wishing to have their information removed from online services.

The panelist’s arguments attempt to address the issue of privacy online, but each side believes the proposed motion will have differing effects on online personas. Those arguing in favor believed in the internet citizen’s fundamental right to privacy online, and by imposing this legislation on data controllers, they will be forced to deeply consider privacy within online services. They argue, it’s only recently that Google, Facebook, and other data companies have made previously inaccessible information readily available and this motion would counteract companies impeding user privacy. In opposition, is a group who sees this legislation as overly difficult to implement with modern data systems. The group against sees managing “right to be forgotten” requests as a stagnant inefficient entity which is incompatible with the information age.

Though I believe in a user’s right to privacy online, “right to be forgotten” legislation will stall future progress in information development, and budding technology fields. Search engines like Google stand as a middleman between the user and those creating and organizing data. While the legislation would promote the privacy rights of individuals, I do not believe regulating the data controllers, when threat, libel, and harassment laws already exist to stop those spreading false, inaccurate, or threatening information.

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