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Assignment 3B

I think that in certain situations people should have the right to be forgotten. For example someone who had something bad posted of them online should not pay the consequences for one wrong action later in life. Like get rejected from job opportunities because the company finds something of them on the internet or get into relationship problems. Yet a criminals actions online like an identity stealer should pay the consequences. I don’t think our first amendment clashes with the right to be forgotten because there is a difference between free speech and the right to know every ones information. The first amendment protects freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition. It does not mention the freedom to allow one person to post about another online or keep unwanted information on the internet. By digital identity we mean information on an entity (person, organisation, application, or device) used by a computer system to represent an external agent. Obviously big companies control digital identities because they have money. They can get information on people to benefit their companies and make products in the consumers most interest. Websites also control digital identity because they are the ones that track the internet users and make a profile of them in order to recommend the websites.

Assignment #3B

I do believe people have a “right to be forgotten”, on certain situations. Just like with everything in life, we have to see things in the middle. There are things that people do in the past that should be erased from the internet, as long as it will not cause harm to anyone.

The “right to be forgotten” can clash with our 1st amendment. For example, some people do not want their past to be shown and would like their past to be forgotten. The first amendment allows people to have the freedom to say what they want, including someone’s past. If someone has a criminal record and wants to keep it hidden, it can hurt people. At the same time people do have the right to erase information about themselves, if they wish. The “right to be forgotten” is not black and white, which is why it can get complicated at certain times.

Digital identity is the identity that the internet gives you. When you search or place information of any form over the internet, you leave fingerprints. These fingerprints is your digital identity, it comes from social networks, online purchases, online searches, etc.

The people who control  your digital identity are the companies you visit online. These companies will sell information you gave to other companies. The government can also see what an individual looks at over the internet, they can do this to monitor or protect citizens or just to monitor people.

Assignment 3B

I think people do have the right to be forgotten because it is their information and so they should be able to address what they want to share and what they don’t.  I don’t think the right to be forgotten clashes with the first amendment’s free speech rights because when it comes to sharing information a person has the right to their privacy. If they express (expression is what free speech is all about) that they don’t want certain information so easily available, then I think the right to be forgotten directly relates to a person’s privacy and how they feel they want their personal  information to be viewed.  I don’t feel press companies have the ability to put out what they want about a person.  For example, the Gawker article we just read is an example that press can’t just publicize everyhing about a person.

Digital identity is any online or network presence that is available via the internet that traces back to a person or organization: for example, an email address or website domain.  The organizations people use to create these identities are in control of our digital identity because they set up the privacy and security of our information.  For example, Facebook has control of our security and privacy when we use their platform to create a profile.