Data privacy is extremely important nowadays as there are hackers who can actually get hold of this data and use it to commit fraud and other offences which can cause many problems for the person whose data it is. That’s why a new law is now coming in to play to allow that data protection for users.
Google and Facebook hold the most data of businesses, people, groups etc. and they could be the ones that are most affected as they could be hit with a huge fine if they do not delete the data if it is requested.
Why has this new law come in?
People value their privacy more than ever now and there are cyber criminals who manage to get their hands on the data and exploit that person online or hold their data at ransom. In the news recently, a young woman had her Snapchat information exploited on explicit websites and she received many unwanted messages which caused her to close down her Snapchat account.
Stories like this just shows how dangerous it is for others to have your information logged and the new data law will hopefully prevent any of this from happening.
When will the law come in?
It has been discussed that the new law will come in to force in 2018. Any person that requests their data to be deleted on a platform, they must comply and if not then they will receive a fine for up to £17 million. This gives people the opportunity to start preparing now and be ready to comply with the new law.
What does the new law include?
- Allowing people to have their information deleted online so they can be forgotten
- Asking social media platforms to take down previous content posted
- People must give consent to for personal information to be collected online
- People can ask companies that hold personal data to be deleted online
- It’ll be free for people to get organizations and businesses to reveal information they hold
- Personal data will be expanded to include cookies and IP addresses
- Criminal offences will be created to deter companies from identifying anonymous data