Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Close Yatedo: Soon more direct action from the European Community!

2011 is going to be an important year in terms of privacy, as the EU is starting to revise and improve the available privacy laws and regulations. What is important is the increased control that is going to be granted to citizens for deleting private data (including photos) from the Internet.

These new laws will require companies, such as Yatedo, to get users' permission before using their uploaded content. Moreover, if they are not respecting users' privacy, severe penalties are going to be enacted. EC also wants businesses to inform consumers about what information is collected, for what reasons, how long it is held, and what their rights are if they want to access, rectify, or delete their data.

"To guarantee this right, we need clear and consistent data protection rules. We also need to bring our laws up to date with the challenges raised by new technologies and globalisation," Viviane Reding, EU justice minister said. The EC plans to synchronise legislation across all 27 members of the EU, cutting the red tape for businesses and law enforcement. A revised EU privacy directive is scheduled to go into effect in 2011, after a period of public consultation through the EC's website in January.

We are looking forward to these improvements that are going to be useful for our fight against Yatedo!

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