New legislation give internet users mandate to control internet firms

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New legislative laws have been set to enable internet users give concent for the use of their personal data.

According to this laws, social media firms will have to erase information on individuals when asked.

If an individual wish to be forgotten online, firms will have to erase their data under the proposed laws, failure to which, a fine of £17 million will be imposed.

The legislation will:

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-Allow people to ask for their personal data held by companies to be erased.

-Enable parents to give consent for their child's data to be used.

-Expand the definition of personal data to include internet cookies and IP addresses.

-Make it easier and free for people to get organizations to reveal the personal data it holds on them.

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-Create new criminal offences to deter companies from creating situations where someone can be identified from anonymised data.

Maximum fines for contraventions will increase from £0.5m to £17m, or 4% of a firm's global turnover, whichever is higher.

The fines for the largest companies - such as Google and Facebook - who use individuals' data to sell adverts, could stretch to billions.

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