The Right2Remove Organization

The Right2Remove is run by activists for Internet privacy and civil rights.

Director: Paolo Cirio
Researcher: Scott Philotoff

Advisory board:
- Sarah Esther Lageson
- Dan Shefet


Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy
Organizational Status disclosure: currently the Right2Remove is an independent and informal organization, it never received any funding from any company or institution. It has been mainly run by volunteers. Please consider to donate via PayPal.

Archive Press Releases:
4th PR, February 2020 [html] [pdf]; 3rd PR, February 2019 [html] [pdf];
2nd PR, October 2018 [html] [pdf];
1st PR, June 2018 [pdf].

- The Right2Remove recap text Critique on Systems of Justice over the Internet about the Right to Be Forgotten and Free Speach, 2018.
- The Right2Remove guide for Reputation Management, 2018.

Archive Press Coverage:
- Interview on Al Jazeera TV Stream - U.S., 2019
- Interview on Team Human Podcast, U.S., 2018
- Interview on the Guardian, U.S., 2018
- Interview WHDT TV, U.S., 2016

Press Material:
- Press kit with high-res images
- YouTube videos playlist
- Twitter news feed

Endorsements for the Right to Remove Privacy Policy

The Right to Remove is supported by Internet rights activists and organizations, privacy lawyers and law firms, consumers rights organizations and legislators.

From The Guardian
"The activist Paolo Cirio, who launched a campaign group called Right2Remove, wants Google to either de-index the mugshot websites or massively down-rank them in search results – offering Americans a similar right to those in Europe, where there is a regulation granting the Right to be Forgotten”. – The Guardian article, June 12, 2018.
From Dan Shefet, President of AAID
"As form of Right to be Forgotten, the Right to Remove is a Human Right. It is the necessary corollary to free speech. It is the application of the right to rehabilitation and reintegration deeply entrenched in laws and ethics worldwide in recognition of the “Human Condition”. If we cannot allow ourselves to make “mistakes” (a highly subjective test) our personal development, expression of controversial views, artistic creativity and “the right to be different” will cease to exist. I wonder what our civilization would have been like had the extent of unforgiving reputational harm we face today been around at the dawn of mankind." – Dan Shefet, Lawyer at the Paris Court of Appeal (France). In 2014 he founded the Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy (AAID)
From Justin Meehan, Attorney at Law
"The Right2Remove’s mission is to apply consumer reporting laws that allow for the removal of harmful, embarrassing and exploitative content to the internet, and it is beyond a noble cause—it is a timely, invaluable one. Mugshot operators are bottom feeders in a cesspool; they hide in the mud pits they belong in. They kidnap people’s reputations and besmirch them for the rest of their lives. The Right2Remove network provided us with the resources necessary to take down one such operator who was destroying lives in St. Louis. Although a lot has been said about the right-to-be-forgotten conflicting with the First Amendment, there hasn’t been much discussion about search engines, like Google, aggregating and disseminating sensitive information about people on the internet. The time has come for us to provide a check on the powers of these tech monopolies. We must let them know that “We the People” will not accept the premise that extortionists, defamers and data aggregators deserve the same free-speech protections allotted to the lawful members of our citizenry. The Right2Remove isn’t just another criminal justice or privacy group; they are visionaries and ploughmen sowing a more humane and just mentality for our brave new world." – J. Justin Meehan, Attorney at Law

Contacts, Support, and Press for the Right to Remove

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Press Material

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