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The Right to Be Forgotten More Than a Pandora’s Box?

  1. Prof. Dr. Rolf H. Weber

Abstract

Recently, political voices have stressed the need to introduce a right to be forgotten as new human right. Individuals should have the right to make potentially damaging information disappear after a certain time has elapsed. Such new right, however, can come in conflict with the principle of free speech. Therefore, its scope needs to be evaluated in the light of appropriate data protection rules. Insofar, a more user-centered approach is to be realized. “Delete” can not be a value as such, but must be balanced within a new legal framework.

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JIPITEC – Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and E-Commerce Law

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