Down The Rabbit Hole: Applying a Right to Be Forgotten to Personal Images Uploaded on Social Networks

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The right to be forgotten has been the subject of extensive scrutiny in the broad context of data protection. However, little consideration has been given to the misuse of personal images that are uploaded on social networks. Given the prevalent use of online and digital spaces, social networks process and use various forms of data, including personal images that are uploaded by individuals. The potential for misuse of images is particularly acute when users upload images of third parties. In light of the European Union’s enshrinement of the “right to be forgotten” amid provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation that tighten protections for Internet users’ privacy, this Article examines whether the European “right to be forgotten” is a model that could be adopted, specifically in Australia, and perhaps elsewhere, as a mechanism to protect against the misuse of people’s images within social networks
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)1111-1151
Number of pages40
JournalFordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020


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