John N. Gathegi

Where is the Data? Research Implications of the “Right to be Forgotten”
Prof. Dr. John N. Gathegi, Visiting Professor, Department of Information Management, Hacettepe University, Turkey; and Professor, School of Information, University of South Florida, USA

Abstract. A recent court decision in the European Union has turned attention on a likely future problem: that of data that has either disappeared or otherwise made inaccessible following requests by individuals to whom that data pertains. This will have implications in at least two areas: research data management and actual data mining. This paper examines the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union, to determine its impact in both of these areas.

Bio. Dr. John N. Gathegi is currently a visiting professor at the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University. He is professor in the School of Information at the University of South Florida, teaching and researching in the area of information law and policy, copyright, media law, and the First Amendment. His interests include intellectual property rights and emerging information technologies, information security, internet governance, free speech and access to legal information. He earned his PhD (Information Studies), JD (Law) and MA (Political Science) degrees all from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Gathegi has practiced law in California, was previously Director of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Florida, Dean of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Division at Merritt College in California, and has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist to Chile. He began his teaching career at Florida State University. Dr. Gathegi has also been a visiting professor at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and has been a guest lecturer at both Shih Hsin University in Taipei, Taiwan, as well as Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.