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Ho John Lee
Peter Fleischer: Privacy...?: Foggy thinking about the Right to Oblivion - http://peterfleischer.blogspot.com/2011...
In privacy circles, everybody's talking about the Right to be Forgotten. The European Commission has even proposed that the "right to be forgotten" should be written into the upcoming revision of the Privacy Directive. Originally, a curious French "universal right" that doesn't even have a proper English-translation (right to be forgotten? right to oblivion? right to delete?), le Doit a l'Oubli, is going mainstream. But, what on earth is it? For most people, I think it's an attempt to give people the right to wash away digital muck, or delete the embarrassing stuff, or just start fresh. But unfortunately, it's more complicated than that. More and more, privacy is being used to justify censorship. In a sense, privacy depends on keeping some things private, in other words, hidden, restricted, or deleted. And in a world whereever more content is coming online, and whereever more content is findable and share-able, it's natural that the privacy countermovement is gathering strength. - Ho John Lee