The Economics of the Right to be Forgotten
Byung-Cheol Kim () and
Jin Yeub Kim
No 15-02, Working Papers from NET Institute
We offer an economic analysis of the right to be forgotten (RTBF)-- the right to remove links from the search results --through a legal dispute game between a petitioner and a search engine. Our analysis suggests that the global expansion of the RTBF does not necessarily increase the likelihood of link removals. We also find that the RTBF expansion can either improve or reduce welfare from a social perspective. Therefore, the ongoing debate should be guided by the perspective of achieving a socially optimal level of link removals rather than of a conflict between privacy rights and free speech.
Keywords: right to be forgotten; privacy; litigation; search engine (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 D82 K20 K41 L86 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 42 pages
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