Do You Have the Right to Be Forgotten?

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — According to a survey from virtual private network company NordVPN, forty-seven percent of those polled would stop using the internet, if they could.

To see how this is reflected in Chattanooga, News 12 asked social media users at UTC about their habits.

“I know a lot of people who have issues with some content that they see on social media being bad for mental health and things like that, so they try and stay off of certain social medias, but I haven’t really had any issues with it,” said Mason, a UTC student.

Both students we spoke to said they use Social Media about four hours a day.

“In the last year, I would say it’s gone down dramatically. I’ve used it a lot. You know, it’s been a big distraction before, so nowadays I try to cut back, but, yeah, I would say I use it a lot less than I used to,” said Simon Rodgers, a UTC student.

Fifty four percent of respondents to NordVPN’s survey said they would pay to use the internet anonymously at all times.

But if nearly half of internet users, want to be anonymous, that raises a question: should people be allowed to have their digital footprint erased?

“I don’t think a lot of people in the United States would like that, because then people would get a lot more confident with what they post if they could just be wiped off the internet, essentially,” said Mason.

At UTC, some social media users cautiously agreed that people have a right to be forgotten.

“Some videos, I believe, some people, say you want to take off the internet — you should be able to take it down, personally speaking. But, you know, you can’t get rid of mistakes in life, so sometimes you just have to live with it,” said Rodgers.

There are no laws in the US guaranteeing a right to be forgotten, but such protections do exist in the European Union and other regions around the world.

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