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Officials Push for Right To Be Forgotten

PRIVACY LAW—EU

November 30, 2010

Senior European Union officials have begun campaigning publicly for an online "right to be forgotten," The Wall Street Journal reports. EU Commissioner Viviane Reding, who introduced the idea earlier this month, said such change is needed in a world where the Web never forgets. Meanwhile, EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes called for "cloud-friendly" rules to improve data privacy. Proposed changes to EU privacy rules will face 12 to 18 months of debate before becoming law, the report states. "We still need to work out the details, but I support the right to be forgotten," said Jacob Kohnstamm of the Article 29 Working Party. (Registration may be required to access this story.) Read more about proposed changes to the EU Data Protection Directive in the December edition of the IAPP Privacy Advisor newsletter. (Member login required.)
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