The 'right to be forgotten' online is really a right to be forgiven
The right to be forgotten, or to erasure, is ill-named, because the past cannot be obliterated, De Terwangne and others say. The problem is context. Unlike human memory, a Google search for a name is as likely to generate a dated criminal history as a current phone number. While people forgive and forget over time, the Internet punishes relentlessly.
Richard J. Peltz-Steele, The 'right to be forgotten' online is really a right to be forgiven, Wash. Post, November 21, 2014, http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-right-to-be-forgotten-online-is-really-a-right-to-be-forgiven/2014/11/21/2801845c-669a-11e4-9fdc-d43b053ecb4d_story.html.