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The Right to be Forgotten in the Digital Age



The digital reflection of our character and the digital footprints we are leaving have become a threat to our future development. In a digitalized world, people grow more concerned when it comes to the right to protection of their personal data. European regulators have long understood the need for adjustment and there have been many discussions on the European normative framework for privacy and data protection. The Right to be Forgotten is a legal precedent set by the Court of Justice of the European Union in 2014. However, the current regulation of the Right to be Forgotten is not a panacea for all privacy ills and concerns. Online entities, such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo!, have extensive discretion to implement the Right to be Forgotten, and offer no safeguards so as to promote consistency of decisions, or compliance with the principle of due process. This working paper provides an overview of the Right to be Forgotten, how it emerged, developed and the problems it may face in the future. It proceeds to a further analysis of the meaning and impact, and presents a review of the different conceptions about it. Through scrupulous analysis, the working paper presents deep insights into the present and future relevance of the Right to be Forgotten in a digital epoch where every action and piece of data is on public display. The Right to be forgotten poses more questions than answers. Given the global nature of the Internet and the omnipresence of search engines, the questions at issue are universal.


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