The economics of the right to be forgotten

Byung Cheol Kim, Jin Yeub Kim

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Scholars and practitioners debate whether to expand the scope of the right to be forgotten—the right to have certain links removed from search results—to encompass global search results. The debate centers on the assumption that the expansion will increase the incidence of link removal, which reinforces privacy while hampering free speech. We develop a game-theoretic model to show that the expansion of the right to be forgotten can reduce the incidence of link removal. We also show that the expansion does not necessarily enhance the welfare of individuals who request removal and that it can either improve or reduce societal welfare. Our analysis has implications for understanding the impact of the global expansion of the right to be forgotten on privacy and free speech.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-360
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Law and Economics
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 May

Fingerprint

privacy
incidence
welfare
economics
Economics
Freedom of Speech
Privacy

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Law

Cite this

Kim, Byung Cheol ; Kim, Jin Yeub. / The economics of the right to be forgotten. In: Journal of Law and Economics. 2017 ; Vol. 60, No. 2. pp. 335-360.
@article{291b41bcff614d41bb5f93e90cd5cfe1,
title = "The economics of the right to be forgotten",
abstract = "Scholars and practitioners debate whether to expand the scope of the right to be forgotten—the right to have certain links removed from search results—to encompass global search results. The debate centers on the assumption that the expansion will increase the incidence of link removal, which reinforces privacy while hampering free speech. We develop a game-theoretic model to show that the expansion of the right to be forgotten can reduce the incidence of link removal. We also show that the expansion does not necessarily enhance the welfare of individuals who request removal and that it can either improve or reduce societal welfare. Our analysis has implications for understanding the impact of the global expansion of the right to be forgotten on privacy and free speech.",
author = "Kim, {Byung Cheol} and Kim, {Jin Yeub}",
year = "2017",
month = "5",
doi = "10.1086/694254",
language = "English",
volume = "60",
pages = "335--360",
journal = "Journal of Law and Economics",
issn = "0022-2186",
publisher = "University of Chicago",
number = "2",

}

The economics of the right to be forgotten. / Kim, Byung Cheol; Kim, Jin Yeub.

In: Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 60, No. 2, 05.2017, p. 335-360.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - The economics of the right to be forgotten

AU - Kim, Byung Cheol

AU - Kim, Jin Yeub

PY - 2017/5

Y1 - 2017/5

N2 - Scholars and practitioners debate whether to expand the scope of the right to be forgotten—the right to have certain links removed from search results—to encompass global search results. The debate centers on the assumption that the expansion will increase the incidence of link removal, which reinforces privacy while hampering free speech. We develop a game-theoretic model to show that the expansion of the right to be forgotten can reduce the incidence of link removal. We also show that the expansion does not necessarily enhance the welfare of individuals who request removal and that it can either improve or reduce societal welfare. Our analysis has implications for understanding the impact of the global expansion of the right to be forgotten on privacy and free speech.

AB - Scholars and practitioners debate whether to expand the scope of the right to be forgotten—the right to have certain links removed from search results—to encompass global search results. The debate centers on the assumption that the expansion will increase the incidence of link removal, which reinforces privacy while hampering free speech. We develop a game-theoretic model to show that the expansion of the right to be forgotten can reduce the incidence of link removal. We also show that the expansion does not necessarily enhance the welfare of individuals who request removal and that it can either improve or reduce societal welfare. Our analysis has implications for understanding the impact of the global expansion of the right to be forgotten on privacy and free speech.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85032705642&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85032705642&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1086/694254

DO - 10.1086/694254

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85032705642

VL - 60

SP - 335

EP - 360

JO - Journal of Law and Economics

JF - Journal of Law and Economics

SN - 0022-2186

IS - 2

ER -