May 23, 2022

IFLA Releases Statement, Background Paper on “Right to Be Forgotten”

From the International Federation of Library Associations:

The right to be forgotten raises issues for libraries including the integrity of and access to the historical record, freedom of access to information and freedom of expression, and individual privacy. Information on the public Internet may have value for the public or for professional researchers and so should, in general, not be intentionally hidden, removed or destroyed. IFLA finds that freedom of access to information cannot be honoured where information is removed from availability or is destroyed. IFLA accepts the necessity of protecting the privacy of living persons, the confidentiality of business and the security of government information insofar as these goals do not conflict with a higher public good.

Read the Complete Statement

Direct to Background Paper: “The Right to be Forgotten in National and Regional Contexts”
4 pages; PDF.

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