The right to be forgotten: There’s a market for that

In May of last year, the European Union’s highest court ruled that Google has an obligation to remove selected information on certain people (at least certain Europeans) from its search engine results. Some are cheering this as a newfound or expanded “right to be forgotten,” and one group has even written to the US Federal Trade Commission asking that it act in line with the EU court. While this case brings about a rapid emotional response in most people – I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t like to limit what others can dig up on them – it’s biggest benefit has been to reveal an unexplored new idea: that there is, in fact, a market for being forgotten.

Read “The right to be forgotten: There’s a market for that” on AEI.