The New York Times today published “‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Online Could Spread,” an article discussing the imminent proliferation of ‘right to be forgotten’ laws and the problems they could cause.
So far, the law has been overwhelmingly used in ways most people would support—mostly removing links to private personal information. But individual nations have demanded that Google remove access to information worldwide, and other countries are considering more aggressive laws.
This will be a battle between advocates of privacy and of free speech, vastly complicated by notions of sovereignty. How it develops is critical to practitioners of ORM, but it could impact how the Internet is experienced by everyone.