SXSW 2012: ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Debated Among Online Privacy Experts


Are current online privacy laws inadequate for the new digital age? Do you believe in the “right to be forgotten” online?

Those were just some of the thorny questions debated at this year’s South By Southwest interactive conference during a session entitled “Right to be Forgotten: Forgiveness or Censorship?”

The panel sought to philosophically address the contentious issue of privacy on the Internet.

The Huffington Post reports that the panel debated two emerging schools of thought: the preservationist versus the deletionist.

  • Preservationists. Believe that the Internet is a robust world of information and ideas, and that there should be an accepted understanding of whatever you put out there digitally is now owned by the universe.
  • Deletionists. Believe that the Internet is just a further representation of our everyday world. They believe that as these worlds have begun to completely align, we should be owed the same rights to privacy in both.


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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.