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The Right to be Forgotten

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The Vivian Maier case asks one to consider the dilemma between representing a diverse set of voices while trying to respect the privacy of individuals involved. Maier’s photographs display the stories of many underrepresented groups, such as a nanny, children, and ordinary people she met on the street. Determining whether or not a creator’s privacy is being violated can be difficult if they are not available to consult on the matter. Does an individual have the right to be forgotten? If in their lifetime they never make their work public, is it acceptable to make the decision for them after their death? Photo: “New York, 108th St. East” by Vivian Maier

“[Archivists] establish procedures and policies to protect the interests of the donors, individuals, groups, and institutions whose public and private lives and activities are recorded in their holdings.” SAA Code of Ethics Vivian Maier purposely kept her photographs a secret and told a friend that “if she had not kept her images secret, people would have stolen or misused them” (Sehgal). Photo by Vivian Maier

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