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Hustinx: Waste Directive Needs Data Protection Provisions

PRIVACY LAW—EU

April 19, 2010

European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx says European Union law should force digital equipment makers to include free and easy data-wiping capabilities within their products, reports OUT-LAW.COM. In an opinion published last week on planned changes to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, Hustinx said there should also be a ban on the sale of used devices that have not been wiped of their data. Hustinx also recommended that makers of digital equipment build privacy and data protection into their products. "Respect for security measures and a 'privacy by design' approach should be seen as essential pre-conditions in order to effectively guarantee the right to the protection of personal data," he said.

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