Professor Peltz-Steele spoke on privacy, freedom of expression, and "the right to be forgotten" (RTBF) in data protection law. The November 12 talk in Philadelphia was part of a panel discussion at the annual conference of the National Communication Association (NCA), an organization for teachers and scholars in the field of communication, and the NCA section on freedom of expression. Peltz-Steele made the case for a cautious recognition in U.S. law of the RTBF, or right to erasure of online records about a person. He presented research showing moreover that RTBF is already an operational concept in various fields of U.S. law, such as intellectual property, and argued that the RTBF may effect injunction remedies in tort law consistently with the First Amendment. Peltz-Steele wrote more about the presentation on his blog, The Savory Tort.
Professor Peltz-Steele participated on the panel at the invitation of its chair, Professor Kyu Ho Youm, the John Marshall First Amendment chair at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Also on the panel were Ed Carter, professor and director of the School of Communication at Brigham Young University; Stefan Kulk, a researcher at the Centre for Intellectual Property Law of Utrecht University in the Netherlands; and Ahran Park, a senior researcher for the Korea Press Foundation in South Korea.