"In a data economy where personal information is an increasingly valuable currency, a customer's automatic access to a delete button remains an exception," writes Natasha Singer for The New York Times. Singer recently received a promotional text message from her dentist's office, though she had given her cell phone number for different purposes. Though the communications company that facilitated the message allowed Singer to delete the information stored on her, companies in the U.S. aren't required to recognize citizens' right to be forgotten, despite a bill introduced in the house of representatives last May and recommendations from the FTC. EU citizens, meanwhile, have stronger rights under the data protection directive, the report states. (Registration may be required to access this article.)
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