Visual designer & researcher in visual communication

Right to Be Forgotten

A physical redesign of a digital user experience.

Design Research         Risograph  /  Book Binding

The idea for this iteration came about from reading through the GDPR legislation for The Right to Erasure, which is also known as the right to be forgotten. The actual legislation within the GDPR contains an article that gives the option to be forgotten or erased by request. (Art. 17 GDPR – Right to erasure, 2018). The larger question is if this is even possible. The complimenting article from the GDPR provides the ability to access our data. The idea is that we can use this legislation as a means to request to remove our personal data from a specific organization. The interconnectedness of the Internet, the knowledge of your data existing in the first place, and the trust for the organization to delete your data pose serious concerns for this article of legislation. 
(GDPR.EU, 2018). 

The information regarding our online privacy and rights is hiding in plain sight. The larger critical question is if it is even possible to truly be forgotten? The responsibility lies on the individual to take the initiative. There is also little insight into what collections exist, what data was removed, and whether you can trust the organization to forget after the request was made. If we want to move towards having control of our data-collection we would need to have never appeared in the first place. 

What does our digital identity look like? The accumulation of information gathered on us results in a fragmented and distorted self-reflection. I explore visualizing this reflection through art and design, with the aim to encourage critical self-reflections.