The right to be forgotten and the availability of personal information is being debated in the European Union. Google has been restricted by the EU high Court from having personal information accessible in its search process respecting the right to be forgotten. Yet, while information is not available about people on search vehicles provided by Google, the information remains available through traditional sources.
The issues debated in Europe are several. One is the right of an individual to not have his/her information openly accessible to the public at large who may seek to know out of curiosity or desire to meddle. Another issue is the potential value of selling information, storing information, and now forgetting the information. The cost is in the billions.
Questions arise as to how much is one willing to pay to support the right to be forgotten, or not to have information about them be public? How much is one willing to pay for access to information? What would happen to the public relations, reputation managers, and political consultant industries?
Should the public pay the price to be forgotten? Should the public pay to enhance their own privacy? The business of information gathering, storing, and selling, and the businesses of using the information for PR would be affected by supporting the right to be forgotten. Quantifying the individual cost of implementing a policy to be forgotten is difficult and could be accumulating.