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Commission Calls for New Privacy Rights


November 5, 2010

The European Commission has unveiled its proposed online privacy code, The Wall Street Journal reports, calling for new privacy rights for citizens who share personal data with Web sites. The proposed rules have been called "a comprehensive approach on personal data protection in the European Union" and include the recommendation for a "right to be forgotten" online, the report states. Describing the protection of personal information as a "fundamental right," Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said that "to guarantee this right, we need clear and consistent data protection rules. We also need to bring our laws up to date with the challenges raised by new technologies and globalization." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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