A better approach than the right to be forgotten
What is it about?
By implementing the right to be forgotten we, in the pursuit of our individual interests to keep some personal data hidden, can lose the greater societal benefits of a movement towards greater empathy from greater self-disclosure. All of us make mistakes and only after we begin to understand others’ mistakes, can we hope to attain a more realistic expectation of human behavior. We agree that people who are convicted of a crime face discrimination long after their sentence is complete. Similar consequences face those who have been shamed on social media. Instead of controlling the disclosure of information, we would like society to focus on protecting people from these injustices through anti-discrimination laws and regulations.
Why is it important?
We believe that instead of hiding information to protect against negative repercussions, countries should instead pass anti-discrimination legislation to prevent those negative actions. We also believe that by being more open we may also become more empathetic as we will begin to realize that we all make mistakes.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr. Martha A Garcia-Murillo