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Social Networks, Others Sign Data Protection Charter

ONLINE PRIVACY—FRANCE

October 15, 2010

French social networks, blogs, search engines and consumer protection associations are among those who have signed a charter on the right to personal data destruction, Telecompaper reports. The charter is part of an initiative launched a year ago by French Secretary of State Nathalie Koscuisko-Morizet, the report states, and companies including Microsoft France have signed on, stating their commitment to put into practice principles of consent and not to hold data that is subject to requests for withdrawal or is found in "personal spaces." A "virtual complaints office" is being established, the report states, along with measures to facilitate account closings.
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