FTC's Brill Backs Enhanced Consumer 'Right To Obscurity'

By Daniel Wilson (March 10, 2015, 3:54 PM EDT) -- Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill suggested Tuesday that looking to aspects of a contentious European ruling on the "right to be forgotten" could help inform U.S. consumer protections, arguing an expanded "right to obscurity" could protect against the misuse of consumer data.

Brill, speaking at a U.S. Council for International Business event on growing the digital economy, said that last year's decision by the European Court of Justice, establishing in the European Union a "right to be forgotten," would be better classified as allowing a "right to obscurity," and was not as incompatible with U.S. law or ideals of free speech...

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