Opinion

Sniping the snoopers

BusinessMan posted on 3 March that following a Press Complaints Commission case involving Twitter users should not expect to have any privacy when it comes to social media postings.

Well as soon as the ruling was made the EU Justice Minister, Viviane Reding, announced - coincidentally - proposals to enshrine a right to be forgotten. The effect of this is to allow people to withdraw their consent to having their data processed. Further, instead of individuals having to prove that the collection of their personal data is necessary, those processing data will have to prove that they actually need the information.

The changes, if brought into force, will mean that social media sites will have to bring in high levels of privacy as standard and it may prevent employers checking out their employees (or candidates) online. But will HMRC forget about BusinessMan?

This was first published in April 2011

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