The Right to (have your crimes) be Forgotten

Jonathan Blitzer produces a meditation on the recent EU court decision creating a right to be forgotten (by Google).  The article is interesting, but I think that the conclusion says everything you really need to know:

“The notion of forgetting by legal decree scares me,” Silva said. “Any right to be forgotten has to be compatible with a right to know the truth.”

Of course we’d all like to let our minor peccadilloes subside into the oblivion of the past, and of course it can be painful that they do not do that.  But truth should be paramount, and minor embarrassment is of much less concern than the possibility of covering up major wrongdoing.

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