The right to be forgotten is people’s right to ask search engines to remove links that give personal information about them if the information is inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive.
The right to be forgotten is inseparably linked with the right to free speech, the right to know, freedom of information and the right to privacy.
The discussions over the right to be forgotten are also related to censorship and technical issues of implementing it in practice (for example, Streisand’s effect).
The right to be forgotten is a concept which has been discussed and put into practice since 2006. The issue has arisen because any information that appears on the internet remains there forever, and because people want the freedom to carry on their lives without always being linked with things they may have done in the past (information about which can be found on the internet).
Using different perspectives on the right to be forgotten, students investigate in groups the issues that surround privacy and the internet. Students debate opposing viewpoints regarding the right to privacy, freedom of information and freedom of speech which culminate in the question: Do people have the right to be forgotten?