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US Activists Oppose US Govt Calls To Weaken EU Privacy Rules 151

judgecorp writes "The European Commission has proposals for data privacy (including the 'right to be forgotten') and the U.S. government is opposing them. Now U.S. activists have arrived in Brussels to lobby against their government's opposition to the European measures. The move comes following reports of 'extreme' lobbying by U.S. authorities against the European proposals." Although the "right to be forgotten" raises some free speech issues, it doesn't seem like a bad idea in principle.
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US Activists Oppose US Govt Calls To Weaken EU Privacy Rules

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  • by Mitreya ( 579078 ) <mitreya&gmail,com> on Monday January 21, 2013 @08:18PM (#42652497)

    Our personal data is worth money to others. They don't want their money taken from them.

    No, no, you misunderstand. In reality Facebook is selflessly fighting for our rights to remember. They would allow you to delete the data, but they are concerned about freedom of expression being preserved. They said it right here:

    Facebook in particular has strong objections to the right to be forgotten, claiming it "raises many concerns with regard to the right of others to remember and to freedom of expression"

  • by Thiez ( 1281866 ) on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @01:45AM (#42654287)

    As I recall, when he was no longer in power he was also dead. I think this limits the possibility of requesting information to be deleted somewhat.

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