New Privacy Laws Will Offer Brits ‘Right to be Forgotten’ from Social Media

The Data Protection Bill will make it easier for people to find out how companies are using their personal details, including their browsing history. They will then be able to request that posts or pictures be permanently deleted as their “right to be forgotten.”

The powers, introduced by Digital Minister Matt Hancock, will mean individuals can ask social media platforms to delete information they posted when they were children, while allowing parents and guardians to give consent for their child’s data to be used.

The measures will also require people to give explicit consent for their personal information to be collected online. Where a company relies on people’s consent, instead of people ticking a box to “opt out” of their data being collected, they will now need to “opt in” to give that consent.

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