In this study, Dr. Kristie Byrum, PhD, APR, asserts the European Data Protection Act and recent “Right to be Forgotten” movements conflict with the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment and public relations ethics codes.
Recent actions by Google to honor requests to remove data upon request collide with First Amendment concepts, including the marketplace of ideas theory. Public relations tenets to promote the free flow of information and advocate disclosure, rooted in the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) code of ethics, undergo threats from the European Data Protection Act, further imperiling robust information exchange in society.
Kristie Byrum, Ph.D, APR is an Assistant Professor of Mass Communications at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, teaching courses in public relations and media law. Byrum earned a Ph.D in Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design from Clemson University.
She is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and is both a former public relations firm CEO, and daily newspaper reporter.