The Right To Be Forgotten

Today’s cut-and-paste culture means that any information on the Web may be republished on hundreds of webpages, and search algorithms may give extra weight to it because of the links it spawns.

Pretty soon a single story, a single event, a single piece of information about a person, may come to define their entire life. In many cases, that may be unfair. But in some cases – violent criminals and abusers, for example – we might be thankful that this can happen.

Yet for other people, these issues may pose a problem that merits serious consideration: vital facts might be missing or highly misleading, or information might be long out of date or simply wrong. And in a world in which our data is regarded as ‘us’ by banks, building societies, employers, credit providers, and more, what then?

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We also asked this question of leading e-safety experts. Find out what they had to say here.