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Officials Support "Right To Be Forgotten"

PRIVACY LAW—EU

April 7, 2011

A feature in The Christian Science Monitor explores EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding's call for a right to be forgotten. While this push has been met with mixed responses from industry and officials, a spokesman for the commissioner says such a right "already exists in the sense that if you live in the EU, you have control over your data. But what's missing is that it hasn't taken account of how we use the Internet now." More stringent rules would not only provide a right for users to remove their data but would also require companies to prove the need to collect data in the first place, the report states.
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