The Norwegian Bar Association is Worried about the Internet Archive

The archive will serve as historical documentation and to safeguard Norwegian heritage. But individuals will not be able to opt out of storage with their will. The association believes this violates privacy, reports TV2.

– This is highly questionable, especially given the free discussion online. It is important that citizens can express themselves freely and even decide what should be publicly available, says Eva Jarbekk, head of the Bar Association’s Legal Committee.

The Bar Association believes the proposal violates the European Convention on Human Rights, which states that “Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence”

On the other hand, Norwegian media researcher team leader Paul Bjerke looks the issue differently. He says it does not have to be up to the individual to oppose what is taken care of. He also stresses that the archive will be tomorrow’s history and nobody knows what will be important as a phenomenon to be studied in the future.

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