Libraries and the Right to be Forgotten: a Conflict in the Making?

Eli Edwards


The right to be forgotten (RTBF), an concept in European privacy law, is based on the notion that personal information which is irrelevant, outdated or inaccurate should not be readily accessible to the public. Some privacy advocates cheered when European courts held that search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo! had to respond to RTBF requests by European citizens by removing search results based on information said to violate their privacy. However, there are those in the media, as well as free expression activists who are concerned that this right, and its implementation, can negatively affect access to information. Should American librarians worry?

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