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September 12 2017

Web Law Offers Right to be Forgotten Online 

Social media firms will have to erase personal information on individuals when asked under laws allowing people the "right to be forgotten" online.

The Data Protection Bill will make it simpler for people to control how companies use their personal details, including requesting that posts or pictures be deleted. Maximum fines for those who don’t comply could be 4% of a firm's global turnover. And the fines for the largest companies – such as Google and Facebook – who use individuals' data to sell adverts, could stretch to billions. The bill will also require people to give explicit consent for their personal information to be collected online.