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EU to pass digital ‘right to be forgotten’ law

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The European Union is set to pass new laws which will require social network sites such as Twitter or Facebook to delete details published about users if they are requested to do so. The changes will also allow consumers to insist that companies holding data about them, such as with Tesco’s Clubcard, to have this information removed.

The new rules will apply to any company offering services in an EU country but it is thought that the changes will take more than 2 years to be implemented. It is hoped that the changes will make it easier for users of sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn to not only delete their details if required but also to transfer their details from one service to another. There will also be an obligation on companies to provide clear information to individuals on how their data will be used. In addition any organisation with more than 250 employees will be required to appoint a member of staff as a data protection officer.

Viviane Reding, the EU Justice Commissioner claimed that the “proposals will help build trust in online services because people will be better informed about their rights and more in control of their information”.

She added: “Today vast amounts of personal data are transferred and exchanged, across continents and around the globe in fractions of seconds”

“The protection of personal data is a fundamental right for all Europeans, but citizens do not always feel in control of their personal data.”

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Written by Andrew Hodges

February 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

Posted in Comment, LinkedIn

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  1. Thank you for interpreting this for us – it sounds a good move. How would it work do you think if the data is held on servers outside of the EU?

    Hilary Campton, V Formation

    February 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm


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