Monday, June 14, 2021

Washington Post again revisits "the right to be forgotten" -- should the US have it?

 

Brooklyn NY, 2011

 

The Washington Post, in a story by Lisa Selin Davis, takes another look at “The Right to Be Forgotten” which is a principle in Europe.  The focus of her article is teens social media posts when they are still immature and unaware of consequences of digital permanence.

The story focuses on the botched hiring of Akexi Hammond by Teen Vogue, as reported by Katie Robinson in the New York Times March 18, 2021.

In the US, comments about persons in social media are consider part of free speech, whereas in the EU they are considered part of the “data” about someone.

I have, for example, maintained free content in blogs and flat sites for 20 years.  All of it is indexed by search engines.  You could image someone who had been charged with a crime and later acquitted but mentioned in a blog post (but also in the referred news story) turning up when investigated by a prospective employer.  So far, generally remote, but you wonder.  That’s one reason why in more recent posts I don’t name criminal defendants in presenting linked news stories unless there is overwhelming evidence the person committed the crime (like in a mass shooting).

Mark Zuckerberg has talked about making Facebook post “ephemeral” but I have not really looked into it.  I do not use Snapchat because I don’t like the idea of losing a record of anything I said!

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