Online privacy: “If EU allows right to be forgotten, it’s war,” says US05 Feb, 2013
A US diplomat said at a conference in Berlin that “things could really explode”, and that a “trade war” could erupt if the EU pushes ahead with its plans to offer citizens the “right to be forgotten”.
The draft regulation offers a ‘right to be forgotten’ online, and would enable citizens to force companies like Google or Facebook to delete personal data about them. Not only would services like Google and Facebook have to delete the data “without delay”, they would also have to “take all reasonable steps” to inform others who have republished the data to delete them.
The move obviously hurts mostly US internet giants like Google, Bing, Facebook and Twitter. Data protection and privacy is becoming an issue between the US and Europe. Only last week there were concerns about the US government’s easy access to private data stored on US cloud services by European organizations and individuals.[The Register][photo: katerha, Flickr]
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