Speaking Engagement

The Right to Be Forgotten: Competing Interests and Cultural Divides

IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2015

05 Mar 2015 01:00 p.m. - 02:15 p.m.

Washington Marriott Marquis Hotel
901 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Miriam Wugmeister will be speaking at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2015 on “The Right to Be Forgotten: Competing Interests and Cultural Divides”

The Right to Be Forgotten debate has focused principally on search engines. Little attention, however, has been given to either the fundamental differences in world view that underpin the decision or its effect on other types of organizations. If the Right to Be Forgotten becomes enshrined in the regulation, every organization will need to answer fundamental questions. Should employees have the right to request that employers delete bad performance evaluations or old disciplinary findings? Should customers be able to demand that companies remove information on findings of fraud or theft? Should individuals have the right to ask the government to delete criminal history? Beyond the practical questions, we must consider more fundamental issues: Are we entering a “1984” scenario by asking the data protection authorities to become the “Ministry of Truth”? Who decides what information is relevant and timely or who is a public figure? What are the differences in the Europe and non-European cultures that affect these questions? Come join the conversation to explore this topic in much greater depth and understand the broader implications.


  • William Malcolm, Senior Privacy Counsel, Google
  • David Smith, Deputy Commissioner, Information Commissioner’s Office (UK)
  • Miriam Wugmeister, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP




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