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Re: do we have a right to be forgotten?

From: Rigo Wenning <rigo@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:03:12 +0200
To: public-privacy@w3.org
Cc: "Aleecia M. McDonald" <aleecia@aleecia.com>
Message-Id: <201104201403.13100.rigo@w3.org>
On Wednesday 20 April 2011 01:11:28 Aleecia M. McDonald wrote:
> An interesting clarifying question might be: how is being "forgotten"
>  either similar to or different from data retention policies?

I think the only thing similar is that personal data is held. By "data 
retention" we normally understand traffic data and other online traces being 
kept by an entity. This entity can then access this data, analyze it and sell 
it. But have you ever seen a website publishing its full logdata? If it 
exists, it is a very rare edge case that we should not consider. So I think 
data retention is just out of scope for the discussion about tools to be 
forgotten as such traffic data is normally held for shorter periods of time 
and doesn't really pose problem. Even Google with huge amounts of information 
manages to aggregate at some point in time and thus remove the personal 
context somewhat. 

Best, 

Rigo
Received on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:03:37 UTC

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