Canada Pauses as British Government moves forward to offer Citizen with Better Control over Personal Information

Canada Pauses as British Government moves forward to offer Citizen with Better Control over Personal Information

The British government on August 11, 2017 proposed a bill that shall allow citizens to demand for their childhood posts and pictures to be deleted from various social media sites. The bill is known as the Data Protection Bill and has been introduced by Matt Hancock- the Digital Minister of Britain on August 14, 2017. The bill aims to offer Britons more protection and control as far as their personal information is concerned. The proposed rule resembles the “right to be forgotten” rule imposed by the European Union, which enables people to ask for removal or deletion of their personal information from search engines like Google.

Anatoliy Gruzd- Director of Research in the Ryerson Social Media Lab located in Toronto mentioned in a statement that, “I believe, the European Union is way ahead of us in general, especially as far as data policy is concerned.” The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) of Canada mentioned that no law like the “right to be forgotten” rule is existing currently. However, the commission may assist people having concerns and issues about any kind of violation in their digital privacy.

Many people have been approaching the OPC for help when they notice some websites posting their personal data without any consent or permission from them. The OPC had introduced consultations about digital reputation in 2016, which it believes will be helpful in forming any future alterations to the existing rules.

The law proposed in the U.K. would make sure that social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other sites delete any data posted by a user if demanded, unless there is a lawful reason to keep the information online. It will also need the social media firms inform the user about all the personal information they have gathered about him/her. Moreover, the law will rightfully create offences for any company who breaks the data regulations.

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