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Time to Forget the "Right to be Forgotten"

May 30, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

In ruling that individuals have the right to have information about themselves removed from a search engine if they do not think it is relevant, the European Court of Justice has rejected the compelling logic of the maxim "you are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts." In doing so, the ECJ has single-handedly dismantled society's "right to know" and replaced it with an individual's "right to be forgotten." This is bad for the Internet and bad for the public at large.