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"Right to be Forgotten" A Problem for Publishers?

ONLINE PRIVACY—EU

November 11, 2011

Among the proposals being considered in the European Union's (EU) updated data protection framework is what EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said is the right for consumers "to delete their data at any time, especially the data they post on the Internet themselves." The "right to be forgotten" could pose problems for publishers that store media stories containing personal data about individuals. Reding said that publishers had the right to archive these stories if they were in the "public interest," Out-Law.com reports. A media law expert said, "Distinguishing between what is in the public interest and what is simply of interest to the public is not always easy and the inherent conflict between the right of free speech and the right to privacy will remain a difficult one to reconcile under this proposed regime."        
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