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Why we need a “Right to be Forgotten” online

The internet doesn't forget. Sometimes, perhaps it should.

Why we need a “Right to be Forgotten” online

The internet doesn't forget. Sometimes, perhaps it should.

Why we need a “Right to be Forgotten” online

The internet doesn't forget. Sometimes, perhaps it should.

Why we need a “Right to be Forgotten” online

The internet doesn't forget. Sometimes, perhaps it should.

As more and more of our private records become digitised, we need to ensure that Indian legislation addresses our right to privacy – including the right to be “forgotten.”

Today, the lives of many people have become so digitised that Google may know more about you than your closest friends. We’re becoming increasingly aware that it’s worth being careful what you post publicly on social media — at least if you want to keep any of your life private from your boss, or anyone else who might want to check up on you.

Or, if you were mentioned in a newspaper article or someone else’s blog for any reason, that article is likely to come up in a search of your name for years afterwards — even when you feel that it’s no longer relevant to who you are, or if it’s something you’d rather people didn’t know about.

Even more seriously, court records are now digitised. And that means they may be publicly available for years. You may have been involved in a court case and proved innocent — yet the stigma of once having been a suspect may be enough to damage your reputation.

How can we reclaim our right to put the past behind us? What’s happened to the idea of privacy?

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