I write as the Director of Intermediary Liability at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. My work there focuses closely on the “Right to Be Forgotten” or “Right to Be De-Listed” under EU data protection law, and under the GDPR in particular. I previously served as Associate General Counsel for Google. In that capacity I testified as a representative to the Leveson Inquiry and later traveled with company’s Advisory Council on the Right to Be Forgotten.
My comments pertain to Internet users’ expression and information rights, and how they may be affected by certain provisions of the GDPR. The problems I identify do not arise from the substantive concerns about the existence of a “Right to Be Forgotten,” but rather from procedural problems with private platforms’ de- listing or erasure of online information.