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By Natasha Lomas
How do you balance the competing interests of personal data privacy with the rapacious appetites of big data fueled digital businesses? European data protection authorities are continuing to wrangle with this question, and have today published a joint declaration on the principles they believe are core to achieving a balance.
The declaration has been published by Europe’s Article 29 Working Party, the body comprised of data protection representatives from the individual Member States of the European Union, on the same day as a data governance forum being held in Paris to debate the challenges posed by the collection of vast amounts of digital data.
Speaking at the forum, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was quoted by Le Monde asserting the importance of ensuring individual web users have privacy-enabling controls to safeguard their personal data in an ever-more connected age.
“Europe must make the protection of personal data an attractiveness and competitiveness argument. The user must be able to make choices on its own data with knowledge. This has a huge economic potential,” he said, making an economic argument for safeguarding privacy.
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