The Right to Be Forgotten: Data Privacy in a World of Connectivity

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The New York International Law Review (NYILR) presented its annual event on emerging topics in international law: “The Right to be Forgotten: Data Privacy in a World of Connectivity.” In the modern technological age, where personal information is widely shared online and can be recovered years later, the topic of “The Right to be Forgotten” is timely as the law continues to develop.

 

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Following the Court of Justice of the European Union’s 2014 landmark decision in Google v. Spain, Europeans have the right to ask search firms, such as Google, to remove personal information. Last May, the EU passed the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) aimed at protecting all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches. Other regions have experienced similar litigation and legislative developments. This trend towards supporting the Right to be Forgotten has compelled the legal community to take a closer look at technological developments and its impact on creating new international legal norms for data privacy and protection.

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 The panelists discussed legal developments domestically and abroad in the area of “The Right to be Forgotten.” What is the impact of the GDPR in Europe and around the globe? How are bills progressing domestically in states such as New York, California, and others? Where is the direction for data privacy and the Right to be Forgotten over the next five or ten years? What is the best advice for corporate clients looking to mitigate risks of data privacy breaches? This panel answered these questions and evoked thoughtful discussion among law professors, practitioners, corporate counsel, and law students.

 

The New York International Law Review features scholarly articles on cutting edge topics in international law. Each year, the student editorial board at St. John’s University School of Law and the advisory editorial board of the Bar Association publish two issues featuring scholarly articles on cutting edge topics in international law written by academics and practitioners.

Panelists

Moderator: Professor Kate Klonick, Assistant Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law

Panelists:

Mr. Gerald Ferguson, founding partner of BakerHostetler’s Privacy and Data Protection
practice;

Ms. Annmarie Giblin, Senior Counsel – Cyber Liability Attorney, Global Legal for Chubb

Ms. Obiamaka Madubuko, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

Professor Robert Post, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School

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