[IRPCoalition] Fwd: IFLA issues Statement on Right to be Forgotten
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Fri Mar 4 13:51:13 EET 2016
Fyi below from the IFLA; an important addition to the discussion at
IGF2015 inWorkshop 31 <http://sched.co/4bRm>
*IFLA issues Statement on Right to be Forgotten*
The ¡°Right to be Forgotten¡± refers to an individual¡¯s ability to
request that a search engine (or other data provider) remove links to
information about himself or herself from search results. IFLA¡¯s
Governing Board has approved a statement on the ¡°Right to be
Forgotten¡± that highlights crucial issues that libraries must consider
when participating in discussions about data privacy, and identifies
areas of concern that could have negative effects on long-term access to
information. IFLA has noted the global application of the Right to be
Forgotten within court rulings and legislation and has also issued a
background paper to accompany the statement.
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.
IFLA urges library professionals to participate in policy discussions
about the right to be forgotten, while both supporting the right to
privacy for individual citizens and assisting individuals in their
searches for information. To this effect, library professionals should:
* Raise awareness among policy makers to ensure that the right to be
forgotten does not apply where retaining links in search engine
results is necessary for historical, statistical and research
purposes; for reasons of public interest; or for the exercise of the
right of freedom of expression.
* Fully support access to information for researchers who require
personally identifiable information for biographical, genealogical
and other research and publications, and advocate to policy makers
when policy related to the right to be forgotten may result in the
destruction or loss of access to information for these purposes.
* Oppose the removal of links from the results of name searches of
* Advocate for transparency in the criteria and processes used by
search engines in RTBF decisions.
* Continue to promote the practice of name indexing to ensure the
continued availability of content for historical and research purposes.
* Advise library users, in national or regional contexts where a right
to be forgotten regime may be in force, to search the Internet
through more than one national instance of a search engine, and with
a variety of search terms, so as to maximize their chances of
locating desired information that may have been published on the
* Support individuals who request assistance in finding more
information on the application of the right to be forgotten to their
Read the full IFLA Statement on the Right to be Forgotten and the
* Full Statement <http://www.ifla.org/node/10272>
* Background paper
The statement was jointly drafted by members of the IFLA Freedom of
Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) committee and
the Copyright and Other Legal Matters (CLM) committee.
Additional translations of the /IFLA Statement on the Right to be
Forgotten/ to follow shortly.
Also see the web version: http://www.ifla.org/node/10273
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