The Right to be Forgotten

Although I do consider it important to my own mental health to avoid paying attention to most news outlets most of the time, I have noticed over the past few months that discussion of the "right to be forgotten" has started to become more frequent.

In case you are unfamiliar, the idea is that some people who were at one point newsworthy would like nobody to remember the reasons why they were once deemed so. Usually this happens in the case of some perfidy, such as with child abusers, embezzlers, or ex-mimes. Of course these days an important step in being forgotten is to have search engines forget you, and search engines don't necessarily have an interest in removing this information, so courts have begun to become involved.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Wikipedia did not yet have an article listing people who had petitioned for the right to be forgotten. Don't worry, I fixed it.

New Wikipedia articles are often subject to deletion if they are insufficiently elaborated, so I encourage you to add legitimate entries to this list, and to pass it on to others who may have an interest in doing so.

Best Regards,