IFLA releases statement on Right to be Forgotten

Issues for libraries include the integrity of and access to historical information, freedom of expression and individual privacy.

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IFLA's Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) has released a statement about the right to be forgotten (RTBF) and highlighted ways in which librarians should inform themselves about – and participate in – the RTBF debate.

The purpose of RTBF court rulings and legislation is to allow individuals to make information about themselves more difficult to discover.  

IFLA's advice for library professionals includes:

  • Advocate for transparency in the criteria and processes used by search engines
  • Advise users on search terms/alternative search engines where their results may be affected to RTBF decisions
  • Help individuals who require advice on RTBF
  • Oppose the removal of links from the results of name searches of public figures.
  • Fully support access to information for researchers who require personally identifiable information for biographical, genealogical and other research and publications

The full IFLA statement is available here.