European Data Protection Digest

Commissioner: "Right To Object" Needed

ONLINE PRIVACY—GERMANY

October 29, 2010

Discussing figures on the number of objections filed against Google Street View, Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Peter Schaar said he knows of no comparable effort in which so many people have objected in such a short time to use of their data. He considers the figures a clear indication that individuals want control over what data appears about them on the Internet. He said a general right to object is, therefore, urgently needed. He is calling for a central registry to process objections and distribute them to the various Internet services without passing on identifying information about the individual. (Article in German.)
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