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Ireland DPC: EU Overhaul Will Strengthen Personal Data Control

PRIVACY LAW—EU

September 24, 2012

Ireland Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes has said new EU laws to be introduced in January will strengthen EU citizens’ control over their personal data. In a column for the Irish Examiner, Hawkes wrote that personal data should always be protected, even outside the EU. The proposed legislation will provide a single set of rules for data protection across the EU; better access to personal data; the “right to be forgotten”; data protection rules for companies—such as Google and Facebook—doing business in EU markets, and additional power to independent data protection authorities.
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