U.K. plans to strengthen “right to be for­got­ten”

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

LON­DON» Bri­tain plans to strengthen the on­line “right to be for­got­ten” with a law mak­ing so­cial me­dia com­pa­nies delete per­sonal in­for­ma­tion on re­quest.

The gov­ern­ment on Mon­day pub­lished de­tails of a Data Pro­tec­tion Bill, in­clud­ing a pro­vi­sion al­low­ing peo­ple to ask for per­sonal data held by com­pa­nies to be erased.

The changes also would make it easier for peo­ple to find out what data com­pa­nies or or­ga­ni­za­tions hold on them, and would ban firms from col­lect­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion with­out ex­plicit con­sent.

The pro­posed law gives a reg­u­la­tor power to levy fines of up to 17 mil­lion pounds ($22 mil­lion) on firms that fail to com­ply.

The bill is in­tended to re­place Euro­pean Union pri­vacy pro­tec­tions when Bri­tain leaves the bloc in 2019. It must be ap­proved by Par­lia­ment to be­come law.

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