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The right to be forgotten

The Right to Be Forgotten is a study prepared by the iRights.Lab on behalf of the German Institute for Trust and Security on the Internet (DIVSI); it can be downloaded free of charge from our website.

For many, the events of May 13, 2014 came as a big sur­prise. The Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice issued a rul­ing oblig­ing search engine providers to cease dis­play­ing links that vio­lat­ed the right to pri­va­cy of an indi­vid­ual who had been searched by name, should this indi­vid­ual request the removal of such links. Some have cel­e­brat­ed this as a vic­to­ry for pri­va­cy, oth­ers see it as a restric­tion of the free­dom of infor­ma­tion. Either way, the rul­ing left many ques­tions unre­solved. Thus, as part of the project Does Ger­many need a dig­i­tal code?, iRights.Lab was com­mis­sioned by the Ger­man Insti­tute for Trust and Secu­ri­ty on the Inter­net (DIVSI) to con­duct a com­pre­hen­sive study of the issue, putting forth a detailed pro­pos­al for sen­si­ble legal regulation.

The report The Right to Be For­got­ten (PDF, approx. 5 MB) can be down­loaded here free of charge (Ger­man).

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