Document Type

Honors Project


The 21st Century has been marked by increasing digital globalization, and an extensive, complete record of most individual’s public and private lives. This posed enough of a risk to privacy that in 2014, the European Union began to outline and articulate the digital privacy rights of European citizens in a set of policies known as “right to be forgotten” laws. As of 2018, these right to be forgotten protections had been codified into the General Data Privacy Regulation for the EU (GDPR). This paper explores the construction of privacy and subsequent adoption of the right to be forgotten specifically in France, relative to the divergent evolution of privacy—and lack of digital privacy protections—in the United States. Namely, this paper compares the right to be forgotten as a potential tool of rehabilitation in conjunction with criminal expungement practices and considers the connections between a punitive criminal justice system and digital remembering.



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