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Consumer Affairs Commissioner joins the privacy debate

March 31st, 2009 Comments off

DG Information Society is taking the lead on Europe’s Future Internet plans, but other Commissioners are also taking an interest. Later this week Consumer Affairs Commissioner Meglena Kuneva is to make a speech on privacy and profiling where according to the Financial Times she will say:

“Consumers are in fact paying for services with their personal data and their exposure to ads. This amounts to a new kind of commercial exchange… If we fail to see an adequate response to consumers’ concerns on the issue of data collection and profiling, we will not shy away from our duties.”

The BBC adds a further quote from the forthcoming speech:

Basic consumer rights in terms of transparency, control and risk are being violated… We must establish the principles of transparency, clear language, opt-in or opt-out options that are meaningful and easy to use.

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