Cover art for Carr Center Discussion PaperOne of the unwritten rules of the internet is that it was designed to never forget, a feature associated with emerging privacy harms from the availability of personal information captured online. Before the advent of search engines, discovering personal histories would have required hours of sifting through library records. Search engines present the opportunity to find immense amounts of personal details within seconds through a few simple keystrokes. When individuals experience privacy harms, they have limited recourse to demand changes from firms, as platform companies are in the business of making information more accessible.


Rachel Ann Hulvey. 1/11/2022. “Companies as Courts? Google's Role Deciding Digital Human Rights Outcomes in the Right to be Forgotten.” Cambridge, MA: Harvard Kennedy School.