In a guest post for Forbes, Professor Jane Yakowitz discusses the E.U.'s new Data Protection Directive, which will allow E.U. residents the “right to be forgotten” and delete all information about themselves on the Internet. Professor Yakowitz criticizes the directive, arguing that “by making the right of erasure inalienable, the E.U. prevents its own citizens from participating in a business model that allows consumers to trade their information for stuff they want—convenience, discounts, or content.”
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