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Commission Seeks New Online Rules

PRIVACY LAW—EU

November 4, 2010

New EU rules on data protection and privacy to be announced today will include consumer control of data, a push for the "right to be forgotten" and provisions concerning information shared beyond EU borders, AFP reports. "The protection of personal data is a fundamental right," said Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding. "People should be able to give their informed consent to the processing of their personal data, for example when surfing online, and should have the 'right to be forgotten' when their data is no longer needed or they want their data to be deleted." Formal legislative proposals are expected to come forward following a two-month public consultation.
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