When the Obama Justice Department announced last year it would seek to block the controversial “right to be forgotten” law, critics derided the move as “the internet censorship of the 21st century.”
But now, the Justice Department has been making some changes to its position on the law, according to a Justice Department official familiar with the new position.
The official said the Justice department has “made significant revisions to its original position” and that the Obama-era Justice Department “believes it is appropriate to make the proposed amendment, which we are expected to finalize by the end of the month, available to comment on.”
While the Justice officials statement on the new change to its stance on the right to be remembered law was first reported by The Hill, the new statement appears to have been written in response to a lawsuit filed last month by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
The law seeks to require employers to give workers the option of changing their job title if they are fired, suspended or otherwise not promoted.
The new statement from the Justice official says the department “recognizes the importance of protecting privacy and privacy rights, and believes it is critical to ensure that companies do not engage in actions that violate privacy or that have the potential to violate rights of individuals.”
The Justice Department is also changing the language in the proposed law that would prohibit the administration from using its authority to deny the right of a person to sue if the law “could reasonably be expected to prejudice the employer’s business or operations, or otherwise undermine the employer or the competitive position of the employer.”
The new version of the law also says employers must not discriminate against employees on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.