The Wenatchee World is joining the growing list of newsrooms adopting right-to-be-forgotten policies. We're calling our version Clean Slate and it provides an easy way for you to ask to have your name removed from a wenatcheeworld.com story.
I'm working on a column introducing Clean Slate that will publish this week, and I have a question for you:
If you were making the decision on these requests, which ones would you approve and which ones would you decline?
How would you weigh factors like the seriousness of a crime, how long ago it happened, the impact on the person's current life, the age of the person at the time, the victims, or maybe a person's position in the community as an elected official or community leader?
If you go call up the request form at wenatcheeworld.com/cleanslate, you'll find our core statement for Clean Slate:
"Clean Slate is an acknowledgment that online news reports are more readily available today than ever and that at some point a person’s privacy concerns may outweigh the news value to the community."
The form asks for your name, contact information, a link to the story, a way to upload documents and a box to tell us about your case and how the story has affected your life.
The decision on requests will be made by me, World Publisher Sean Flaherty and Dan Shearer, editorial director for Wick Communications, which owns The World.
We'll meet once a month to consider the requests, and I'm curious to see how it plays out.
How would you decide whether to remove a story or decline a request?