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EDPS Opinion calls for enforced data protections

Jaclyn Jaeger | March 20, 2018

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) recently published an Opinion on online manipulation and personal data, in which it called for enforced data protections.

The rules for data protection in the EU institutions, as well as the duties of the EDPS, are set out in Regulation (EC) No 45/2001. The EDPS is a relatively new but increasingly influential independent supervisory authority with responsibility for monitoring the processing of personal data by the EU institutions and bodies, advising on policies and legislation that affect privacy and cooperating with similar authorities to ensure consistent data protection.

"With devices designed to draw in the user and to maximise their attention, the possibilities for exploitation are vast," the EDPS said. "The feeding of large quantities of misleading, false or scurrilous information to people, frequently with the aim of influencing political discourse and elections, has been coined ‘fake news’ or ‘online...

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