EU Rule Limiting Right to Be Forgotten Is Appropriate Step for Global Internet, Says Leading Tech Policy Think Tank

September 24, 2019

WASHINGTON—In response to the European Court of Justice ruling that Europe’s Right to Be Forgotten cannot be enforced beyond the European Union (EU), the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the world’s top-ranked think tank for science and technology policy, issued the following statement from ITIF Vice President Daniel Castro:

The ruling is an appropriate step to curb European overreach that jeopardized the future of the global internet. The EU should not be allowed to impose its own rules on other countries and the rest of the Internet. Further, the Right to Be Forgotten prioritizes the right to privacy over all other goals, such as free speech and innovation. The EU should seek to strike a better balance as it crafts other laws and regulations affecting the Internet.