EU To Create 'Right To Be Forgotten'
The European Commission is working towards creating a right to be forgotten for Web users, a move that would overhaul 15-year-old privacy laws to reflect the new age of Google and pervasive social networking.
The commission stated that people should be clearly informed in a transparent way on how, why, by whom, and for how long their data is collected and used.
In addition to that knowledge, the commission argued that people should have an explicit choice, a right to be forgotten, when their personal data is no longer needed or if they want sensitive information from social networks, for example deleted.
The legislation, which the New York Times reports could be enacted early next year, comes on the heels of several high profile data breaches on the massive social networking sites Facebook and MySpace , as well as the discovery that Google's street view cars collected personal data from homes.
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