This post was written by Nick Tyler.

In a recent speech, Viviane Reding, the EU Commissioner with responsibility for European Union data protection policy identified ‘four pillars’ upon which the privacy rights of EU citizens “need to be built” so that individuals’ have more control over their personal data in today’s online world.

Reforming EU data protection is Commissioner Reding’s “top legislative priority” and the new proposals are expected this summer.

The ‘four pillars’ are:

  • The right to be forgotten,
  • Transparency,
  • Privacy by default, and
  • Protection regardless of geographic location.

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