Headline Grabbing Proclamation That Teenagers Have Right To Be Forgotten Already Enshrined Under GDPR

Following the news that Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that Facebook users will have the right to permanently delete information about them before they turned 18, Richard Lack, EMEA Managing Director at Gigya commented below.

Richard Lack, EMEA Managing Director at Gigya:

“Mrs May’s headline grabbing proclamation that teenagers will be afforded the right to be forgotten on social media platforms is interesting, since this right is already enshrined in the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation from May 25th 2018, which will be signed into UK law and which Elizabeth Denham, the UK Information Commissioner has already stated will be “essentially equivalent” in the safeguards it offers post Brexit, and regardless of age.

“Equally, the acceptability of e-signatures was settled under UK Law since the Electronic Communications Act, which is now 17 years passed. During this period the business world has witnessed a mass extinction of the fax machine, while the failed and frustrating Government Gateway is cited globally as an example of how not to design and online service. Hint – it’s not ‘online’ if you need to activate by post.”

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