May 162016
 May 16, 2016  Non-U.S., Online

Park Eun-Jee reports:

The discussion of a “right to be forgotten,” a concept that advocates individuals’ right to have online content deleted, inadvertently erupted in Korea when a popular rapper named MC Mong was embroiled in a military dodging scandal.

At the height of the controversy in 2010, net users found the singer’s web post on Jisik In, a Q&A platform on the web portal Naver, asking if he lost a certain number of teeth, whether he could be exempt from military service. The question, written in 2005, is still online since the portal website does not allow original posters to freely scrub their questions once they receive answers. Some said that the policy ensures the public’s right to know and maintains a free flow of information, while others claim that this amounts to a restriction of individual freedom.

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