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Mar 17 2017

The Right for Freedom to Be Forgotten

The latest assault on free speech on the Internet comes not from Iran or China but the People’s Republic of New York, where Assemblyman David Weprin has introduced a bill securing the “right to be forgotten.” From the bill:

Right to be forgotten act. 1. Upon the request from an individual, all search engines, indexers, publishers and any other persons or entities that make available, on or through the internet or other widely used computer-based network, program or service, information about the requester, shall remove information, articles, identifying information and other content about such individual, and links or indexes to any of the same, that is “inaccurate”, “irrelevant”, “inadequate” or “excessive” within thirty days of such request, and without replacing such removed information, article or content with any disclaimer, takedown notice, hyperlink, or other replacement notice, information or content, or cooperating with any other person or entity who does any of the foregoing. For purposes of this section, “inaccurate”, “irrelevant”, “inadequate”, or “excessive” shall mean content, which after a significant lapse in time from its first publication, is no longer material to current public debate or discourse…

The punishment is $250 per day, paid to the person who wants to be “forgotten,” plus lawyer fees.

Imagine trying to run a website that disseminates information if anyone for essentially any reason can demand that you make references to them disappear.

Yet again we see that when leftists bark about upholding some new “right” that no one ever thought of before, what they are doing is attacking actual rights of the sort that are upheld in the Constitution. As Eugene Volokh puts it,

There is no “right to be forgotten” in the abstract; no law can ensure that, and no law can be limited to that. Instead, the “right” this aims to protect is the power to suppress speech — the power to force people (on pain of financial ruin) to stop talking about other people, when some government body decides that they should stop.

Like much of the Left’s agenda, it is tyranny poorly disguised by an idiot’s conception of rights.

Internet Censorship

On a tip from Sean C.

7 Responses to “The Right for Freedom to Be Forgotten”

  1. Mr. Freemarket says:

    That means that nude photos and videos of the now-repentant gal who regrets her “I’m now 18” days of yore must also be purged from the collective memory.

    Yeah….that’s gonna happen.

    Kind of like wishing you hadn’t gotten that tattoo after all.

  2. Anonymous says:

    People’s Republic of New York…

  3. THOUGHTCRIMINAL2084 says:

    it’s just not safe for Americans in New York.

  4. Cecil Henry says:

    Stalin would be proud. After all this is just what he did all the time!!

    Well done New York. YOu have worked your way into Stalin’s techniques.

    Why has this occurred?? — YOu have the same philosophy and value system.

  5. 072591 says:

    There is something even more insidious hidden in the bill. Not only would it require that the sources take down the information that the government doesn’t want you to post, but it also makes it illegal to tell anybody that you made any change.

    In other words, you would not only not be allowed to say the information, but you must not even indicate that there was ever anything to say.

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