[European Union and France] Right to Privacy on the Internet and Records

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

On May 28 I posted to this blog about the civil liberties committee of the European Parliament meeting to discuss the latest draft of Europe’s Data Protection Regulation and how it may affect access to records and it also applies to organizations based outside the European Union if they process personal data of EU residents.

In the June 17 edition of the New York Times there was an article on the Association of French Archivists and the European Union’s measures would grant Internet users a “right to be forgotten,” letting them delete damaging references to themselves in search engines,  appear to be in conflict. To try to soften the EU’s position the Association of French Archivists started a petition which currently has 50,000 names which they plan to present to the EU lawmakers. However, there are many other suggestions for modification and the recent disclosure of the US government’s PRISM program may effect what the EU does to soften or not.  To read the article go to: http://tinyurl.com/lnneaen

Thank you to IAJGS Treasurer and IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee member Paul Silverstone for bringing the article to our attention.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

1 comment:

  1. I hope the French are successful in blocking any changes. Allowing people to modify or delete records would be a tragedy in its own right. But to find that Prism, the NSA and our own Patriot Act are influencing policy in France would be cataclysmic.


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