In a blog post for Field Fisher Waterhouse’s Privacy and Information Law Blog, Phil Lee, CIPP/E, CIPM, asks the question that continues to persist in discussions of online privacy: “Can your data, once uploaded publicly onto the web, ever realistically be forgotten?” Lee writes that while much discussion has centered around EU’s proposed “right to be forgotten,” leaving legal arguments aside, the question is “whether it is even possible to purge all copies of an individual’s data from the web.” The answer, he suggests, “is both yes and no: yes, it’s technically possible, and no, it’s very unlikely ever to happen.”
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