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right to be forgotten

The prerogative to have personal information removed from an online source, especially if it was obtained without permission. In 2014, Europe's high court ruled that people can have irrelevant information expunged from search engines. In 2015, California enacted a similar law for minors who are residents of the state. In the U.S., many people argue that the right to be forgotten conflicts with the highly cherished "freedom of speech."

Forgotten Vs. Privacy
The right to be forgotten deals with information that has already been made public, whereas privacy laws pertain to information that cannot be disclosed without authorization. See privacy.



privacy

The degree to which an individual can determine which personal information is to be shared with whom and for what purpose. Although always a concern when users pass confidential information to vendors by phone, mail or online, the Internet brought this issue to the forefront. Websites often have privacy policies that stipulate exactly what will be done with the information you enter. For more information, visit www.privacyalliance.org and www.epic.org. Contrast with confidentiality, which deals with unauthorized access to data. See vault app, privacy policy, CPO, EU Directive, GLBA, HIPAA and P3P.



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