Following a new EU ruling, businesses must work to ensure they are operating effective data destruction protocols for consumer data.
With the new ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling from the European Commission, internet search giant Google has been ordered to remove data from its records should private individuals flag up unwanted information that is being kept relating to them.
Dr Erin Marie Saltman wrote in an article for the International Business Times that this could have far-reaching effects for all companies holding records on private citizens, as they now face an increased risk of prosecution if databases are not regularly assessed.
She stated: “Businesses, many more than just Google, will all need to adopt new review and deletion policies as well as create structures that enable data deletion through man-powered review teams.”
Dr Saltman added firms will now have to set up individual review processes to remove information from their records that individuals feel could show them in a bad light.
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