Abstract

As modern technology continues to affect civilization, the issue of electronic rights grows in a global conversation. The right to be forgotten is a data protection regulation specific to the European Union but its consequences are creating an international stir in the fields of mass communication and law. Freedom of expression and privacy rights are both founding values of the United States which are protected by constitutional amendments written before the internet also changed those fields. In a study that analyzes the legal process of when these two fundamental values collide, this research offers insight into both personal and judicial views of informational priority. This thesis conducts a legal analysis of cases that cite the infamous precedents of Melvin v. Reid and Sidis v. F-R Pub. Corp., to examine the factors on which U.S. courts of law determinewhether freedom or privacy rules.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Fine Arts and Communications; Communications

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Date Submitted

2017-05-01

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd9278

Keywords

freedom of expression, privacy rights, right to be forgotten, General Data Protection Regulation, electronic data control, data controllers, data processors, personal data control

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Communication Commons

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