Public wants ‘right to be forgotten’ online
by Mario Trujillo – 03/19/15 09:12 AM EDT
Nearly nine in 10 U.S. voters want “the right to be forgotten” on the Internet, according to a new poll.
Eighty-eight percent support a U.S. law that would let them petition companies like Google, Yahoo and Bing to remove certain personal information that appears in search results, according to the survey conducted by Benenson Strategy Group and SKDKnickerbocker.
While 52 percent strongly support a U.S. law, another 36 percent somewhat support it.
That proposal is similar to the European policy known as the “right to be forgotten,” which has divided those advocating for increased privacy and others who argue it could curtail free expression.
Since last year, Europeans have been able to petition search engines like Google or Yahoo to remove links about them when the link contains inaccurate, irrelevant or excessive information about people.