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The right to be forgotten (for dummies)

Menno van Doorn
June 13, 2014

privacyYou’ve probably heard about the European Court that has given you the right to be forgotten. Outdated, irrelevant, embarrassing data can now be removed by Google. A request to do so can be found here. Before you do that, watch what John Oliver has to say about it. Google has appointed Professor Luciano Floridi to find out how it should comply with the EU court ruling. Floridi said that “the era of freely available information is now over in Europe”. But he also said that the new rule could be giving organizations more control: “They now have the power to ask for embarrassing information about their clients to be removed. Everything is up for debate.” Since everything is up for a debate, I’ve offered professor Floridi my help. One philosophy professor from Oxford can’t do the hard work all by himself, can he?

About the author

Director and Trend Analyst VINT | Netherlands
Menno is Director of the Sogeti Research Institute for the Analysis of New Technology (VINT). He mixes personal life experiences with the findings of the 19 years of research done at the VINT Research Institute. Menno has co-authored many books on the impact of new technology on business and society.


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