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The “right to be forgotten” is a legal concept that allows individuals to request organizations, particularly online search engines, to remove links to information that is no longer relevant, inaccurate or obsolete.

Originating primarily in Europe, this right is based on the idea that people should be able to evolve and live without being perpetually haunted by past actions. However, the “right to be forgotten” has also sparked debates about freedom of expression, the public’s right to information, and how to balance these interests with individual privacy.