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“EUROPEAN RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN: POLICY RAMIFICATIONS”

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2016
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In 28 European countries, removing personal data from the Internet is as simple as filling out a form online by anyone claiming a ‘right to be forgotten’. Most decisions regarding data removal are left to companies who operate search engines like Google and Microsoft, with little judicial involvement beyond the appeals process. I analyze how removal of information from Internet search results may negatively affect historical accuracy, free speech and the public interest. I will argue that the European courts should have more involvement, and I propose alternative ways to implement the right to be forgotten that will be less overreaching than current policies. These suggestions aim to decrease the current number of data removal cases to provide a more manageable caseload for European courts to handle, and lessen the role played by companies such as Google in deciding whether or not to erase search engine results online.
Title: “EUROPEAN RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN: POLICY RAMIFICATIONS”.
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Name(s): Rodriguez, Celine, author
Tunick, Mark, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree Grantor
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Thesis
Date Created: 2016
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Jupiter, Florida
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 85 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In 28 European countries, removing personal data from the Internet is as simple as filling out a form online by anyone claiming a ‘right to be forgotten’. Most decisions regarding data removal are left to companies who operate search engines like Google and Microsoft, with little judicial involvement beyond the appeals process. I analyze how removal of information from Internet search results may negatively affect historical accuracy, free speech and the public interest. I will argue that the European courts should have more involvement, and I propose alternative ways to implement the right to be forgotten that will be less overreaching than current policies. These suggestions aim to decrease the current number of data removal cases to provide a more manageable caseload for European courts to handle, and lessen the role played by companies such as Google in deciding whether or not to erase search engine results online.
Identifier: FA00012606 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (B.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, 2016.
Collection: FAU Honors Theses Digital Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Held by: Florida Atlantic University Libraries
Sublocation: Digital Library
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Host Institution: FAU
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