Businesses have expressed concern about proposed EU data protection rules which include a “right to be forgotten”.
The European Commission has said it would set out details of the planned changes later today.
It has already said that individuals would be able to ask for data about themselves to be deleted unless it was being kept for a “legitimate” purpose.
The rules also involve a requirement that companies “swiftly” notify individuals if any of their personal data is lost, stolen or hacked. The commissioner said that this should normally happen within 24 hours.
Companies would also have to appoint a data protection officer – an obligation already imposed on many German firms.
The commissioner said that by simplifying the current “patchwork” of rules and cutting red tape, businesses could expect to save a total of 2.3bn euros ($3bn, £1.9bn) per year.
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