The Right To Be Forgotten
On Sale: March 29, 2016
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Non-Fiction Philosphy | Non-Fiction
“This is going on your permanent record!” is a threat that
has never held more weight than it does in the Internet Age,
when information lasts indefinitely. The ability to make
good on that threat is as democratized as posting a Tweet or
making blog. Data about us is created, shared, collected,
analyzed, and processed at an overwhelming scale. The damage
caused can be severe, affecting relationships, employment,
academic success, and any number of other opportunities—and
it can also be long lasting.
One possible solution to this threat? A digital right to be
forgotten, which would in turn create a legal duty to
delete, hide, or anonymize information at the request of
another user. The highly controversial right has been
criticized as a repugnant affront to principles of
expression and access, as unworkable as a technical measure,
and as effective as trying to put the cat back in the bag.
Ctrl+Z breaks down the debate and provides guidance for a
way forward. It argues that the existing perspectives are
too limited, offering easy forgetting or none at all. By
looking at new theories of privacy and organizing the many
potential applications of the right, law and technology
scholar Meg Leta Jones offers a set of nuanced choices. 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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