Comments on General Data Protection Regulation

May 9, 2017

The Reporters Committee submitted comments to the United Kingdom's Data Protection Team on the "right to be forgotten," which will be implemented as part of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). RCFP writes that the regulation's "erasure" obligation should not be extended to Online Service Providers such as Facebook or Twitter, or it will have profound negative effects on the news media and freedom of expression online. We also argued that an exception for "journalistic purposes" must be applied broadly to ensure protection under international principles protecting the right to information and freedom of expression.