Così fan tutte : A better approach than the right to be forgotten

Martha Garcia-Murillo, Ian MacInnes
  • Telecommunications Policy, April 2018, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2017.12.003

A better approach than the right to be forgotten

Photo by Robert V. Ruggiero on Unsplash

Photo by Robert V. Ruggiero on Unsplash

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.


Dr. Martha A Garcia-Murillo
Syracuse University Department of Science Teaching

This paper offers a completely different solution to the problem of disclosing personal information online. It argues for a personal life protection that prevents companies/government from using that information to discriminate against us or to abuse it and negatively affect us. A right to a personal life protection can allow us to be freer and more genuine in our online disclosures

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