The panel included Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, Dr Chris Pounder, director of Amberhawk Training, Georgina Nelson, in-house lawyer for Which, and Tessa Mayes, a writer and film director, and (deep breath) Merlin Sereld Victor Gilbert Hay, or the Earl of Erroll for short.
The popularity and success of online social notworking websites has soared over the past few years, with Facebook having over 600 million users. The phenomenon has come with a barrel load of issues, most prominently concerning data and privacy concerns.
Pounder said that it's not a privacy issue, but that whatever is put in the public domain can no longer be private. Killock said that Facebook undermines people's expectation of privacy issues and the changes to policy only introduce more fragmentation, rather than better privacy protection.
Possibly a better way to explain this "right to be forgotten" issue might be to rename it the "right to delete data". The Earl of Erroll interestingly pointed out that most data isn't kept in the UK anyway, so a lot of laws might not apply. As to how things will move from now, no one seems to have any idea. Allen announced he is meeting with the European Commission over the next two days in Brussels to discuss these issues further. µ
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