Right to be forgotten: join the debate

At the heart of the discussions since several months, the topic is far from being closed. Here are the latest news...

Interview with Félix Tréguer, researcher at EHESS and founding member of La Quadrature du Net, France.

Google is intentionally sabotaging a European court’s ruling that Internet users on the continent have the right to have certain information about them removed from the U.S. tech giant’s search engine, a top European bureaucrat said Thursday.

As Google seeks expert advice on how to carry out its “right to be forgotten” court order in Europe, the company went to Spain on Tuesday, where the whole thing started.

The European Union's "right to be forgotten" regulation is the subject of a Google continental roadshow that started Tuesday.

Montserrat Domínguez of Huffington Post says European ruling runs contrary to the rights of citizens to access information


The debate is also open on <x>perience, our new participative platform. We already gathered a lot of comments and likes and dozens of survey responses. Let's have a look at the latest exchanges:

"Thank you Sylvain for your relevant comment! Yes personal cloud could be part of the solution to save your digital life and control it at the same time. Challenge will be the confidence of such services delegates to a third party and the risk to centralize it (see recent problems with icloud. ) In addition the main feature that is running out is easy sharing. With your photos it is cool to backup them but you also want to share them and that's why services like facebook or instagram are so popular. However I don't like your expression "numeric brain memory", I am thinking of Google research and the dream to replace human brain by machines? Are we ready to leave our humanity to machines?
Emilie Sirvent-Hien

"Hi Emily, thanks for your intervention. I agree that most of people and specially young one may not realize what impact that a publication of an opinion or a media file could have later on you in your "real life". Nowadays with the arriving of cloud services, people does not feel that they control their own datas. The "cloud" itself is not well a known process and may be misunderstood by people who are just consummers not concerned by I.T. People may regret their actions at a time and should have the right to be forgotten. When you publish a picture on a social network, it is very often archived on their servers and it is very hard to remove it. One alternative process would be for people to have their own private cloud or numeric space that would play the role of their "numeric brain memory". So for using social networks, those last would ask you to grant access to the picture you want to publish for the time you decided. Moreover it would give a sense for people to use "cloud" and have the feeling to control their move on Internet. Regards"
Sylvain Bié

"Le droit au non référencement − ou au déréférencement § par les moteurs de recherche doit devenir une obligation absolue, de la même manière qu'il est possible pour un particulier de figurer sur la "liste rouge" des télécoms. Quant à ceux qui hurlent à la censure et à l'empiètement sur la liberté d'expression, ils offrent un spectacle lamentable tant leur puérilité fait peine à voir. Les moteurs de recherche ne sont rien d'autre que de viles agences publicitaires mal déguisées."

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