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Official: Does “Right To Be Forgotten” Give False Expectations?

ONLINE PRIVACY

November 15, 2011

In a speech he delivered this month, UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey questioned whether the call for a right to be forgotten online is giving consumers "false expectations." Research Magazine reports that while Vaizey expressed agreement, in principle, with EU Commissioner Viviane Reding's call for consumers to be have a right to remove information posted about them online, he has questions about the "practicalities of any regulation"--especially with regard to how it would apply to companies based outside the EU. A ZDNet report highlights key online companies with a presence in the EU, noting the law would force "the parent corporation to abide by European law, as well as (where) the law their headquarters is based."
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