A right for privacy is getting confused with…

A right for privacy is getting confused with a “right” to censor. I think there is a point when a person puts something into the public’s grasp that it ceases to adhere to that person’s control. This article on French archivists makes a case against extending some types of privacy control.

That’s not to say that we don’t need better privacy rules. A lot of information gets abused or just doesn’t have a good framework yet for how to treat it in the digital realm. Part of improving the rules though, ought to be recognizing that people cannot exert indefinite control over everything once they’ve allowed it to enter the public sphere.

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