The Ethics of Memory in a Digital Age: Interrogating the Right to be Forgotten (Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies)

The Ethics of Memory in a Digital Age: Interrogating the Right to be Forgotten (Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies)

Language: English

Pages: 143

ISBN: 1137428449

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This edited volume documents the current reflections on the 'Right to be Forgotten' and the interplay between the value of memory and citizen rights about memory. It provides a comprehensive analysis of problems associated with persistence of memory, the definition of identities (legal and social) and the issues arising for data management.

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Assembly of the Council of Europe defined the right to privacy as ‘the right to live one’s own life with a minimum of interference’. Almost 30 years later, the Assembly specified that, ‘in view of the new communication technologies which make it possible to store and use personal data, the right to control one’s own data should be added to this definition’ (Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, 1998). In Europe, this informational self-determination has been recognised and protected as a

This easy and long-term accessibility of information has caused, and still is causing, concern when it comes to personal information. In order to deal with such concerns and provide individuals with the means to oppose the persistent digital memory about them, Article 17 of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation hereinafter Proposal (EC European Commission, 2012) was developed. This provision entails a ‘right to be forgotten and to erasure’ (hereafter: RtbF).2 Ideally, the RtbF aims at

increasingly easy digital storage (MayerSchönberger, 2009: 67), so that storage becomes the default. Digital information can decay over time (Ambrose, 2012: 390), but this decay is often slow compared to analogue data. Additionally, digital information can be copied flawlessly without loss of quality; it is therefore infinitely expansible (Vafopoulos, 2012: 411) and can acquire a certain persistence (Van den Berg & Leenes, 2010: 1112). Additionally, increasingly sophisticated search engines allow

Proposal, the controller is any ‘natural or legal person, public authority, agency or any other body which alone or jointly with others determines the purposes, conditions and means of the processing of personal data’. Article 17 Proposal targets personal data relating to a certain data subject. Extra weight is put on data that was initially made available by the data subject as a child, in order to increase child protection, because most children will not be fully aware of the risks involved

separate men, women, children, things, houses, countries but Castrenze’s story is a story of separation. Ego-writings unite us and allow us not to forget, and to understand the events the author has lived through and told us about, which have allowed him to live better. In the loneliness of a bedroom, the author writes to himself/herself ethnographically: the personal diary or logbook of his/her life journeys in writing becomes the only way to re-build his/her own identity. Reflecting and

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