Those of you who have heard my presentations will know that I speak about the Right To Be Forgotten versus the Freedom of Information Act, and the importance of digital historical records.
If you have not heard me speak about this then here is what I say:
"Currently, the 2014 European Legislation can be used to attempt to remove information that is deemed inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive. Removing the data following a request has proven difficult for search engines to adhere to, owing to the huge number of applications they receive."
I have linked a BBC Technology news article at the bottom of this blog post, that explains how, Matt Hancock, the Digital Minister for the UK, is proposing that a new UK Data Protection Bill should give people more control over their data.
I have mostly been interested in the data of a deceased person. We have seen Facebook introduce their Legacy Contact feature and Google their Inactive Account Manager, but there are many digital applications that are created that do not consider the thanosensitivity of the product.
Daily we are uploading more and more data. The sharing of photographic data is now immense, and tracking down the original uploaded version and requesting that it be removed from the internet, does not mean that all copies of it are removed.
Large amounts of data that is created by individuals are often gathered together by companies, who sell it to other companies and often stolen data can not be traced. You may think that you own your data, but once it is uploaded to the internet then it may find its way into many different places.
You may be uploading data without even realising it. Your location is now used by many apps, and smart homes may be recording your every move.