Privacy and the “right to oblivion”

16 11 2010

The right to privacy is sometimes said to include a right to “informational autonomy”, a person’s right to decide what information about themselves will be disclosed and to whom.  However, what a person chooses to disclose at one stage of their life or to one group of acquaintances may not be something which they wish to be generally available or available later on.  The advent of electronic databases and, more recently, the internet has made this problem particularly acute.  A huge amount of personal data about a large proportion of the population – particularly those under 40 – is publicly accessible.  Should the right to privacy include a right to control over this kind of information? Read the rest of this entry »