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Reding: Right To Be Forgotten Must Be Balanced

PRIVACY LAW—EU

June 25, 2012

In a speech last week, European Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding discussed the right to be forgotten provision within the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation. The right to be forgotten “like the general right to privacy…needs to be reconciled with other rights protected by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights,” said Reding. The European Parliament’s Economic and Social Committee has recommended the regulation be treated as a floor and not a ceiling, reports Hogan Lovells’ Chronicle of Data Protection. Meanwhile, Jeff Rosen recently opined that though the EU’s treatment of the right to be forgotten might go “overboard,” the threat of regulation may prompt companies to help empower users to clean up their online reputations. Editor’s Note: The Privacy Advisor recently caught up with Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes on the right to be forgotten in this article for the July/August edition.
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