Privacy Advisor

DPC Billy Hawkes on the right to be forgotten

The provision within the European Commission’s draft data protection framework outlining “the right to be forgotten and to erasure” has both regulators and stakeholders asking whether it is viable. The draft framework states it would grant data subjects the right to withdraw their consent for their personal data to be collected or processed, except for in cases where the collection and processing is necessary for “historical, statistical and scientific research purposes, for reasons of public interest in the area of public health, for exercising the right of freedom of expression, when required by law, or where there is a reason to restrict the processing of the data instead of erasing them.” The Privacy Advisor recently chatted with Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes, a member of the Article 29 Working Party, to ask for his perspective on the draft regulation’s provision.

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