European Children to Get Control of Their Pre-Generated Data Upon Adulthood

March 21 2008 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future
Category: Education   Year: 2008   Rating: 9

A key European government committee has established a set of general privacy guidelines that give children control over their previously generated data upon reaching adulthood.

Earlier this week the Working Party, an independent advisory body on data protection and privacy composed of data protection officials from various European countries, published a comprehensive document that lays out a long list of protocols and recommendations concerning children’s data, particularly the digital information collected over the course of a school career.

The new rules establish that “[i]f the processing of a child’s data began with the consent of their representative, the child concerned may, on attaining majority, revoke the consent. But if he wishes the processing to continue, it seems that the data subject need give explicit consent wherever this is required.”

As more and more data is captured and stored, these regulations are a necessary reaction to the potential for misuse and lay the groundwork for a whole new set of developmental digital rights.

“The rationale of this principle is that a person who has not yet achieved physical and psychological maturity needs more protection than others,” the experts explain about the decision, “Its aim is to improve conditions for the child, and aims to strengthen the child’s right to the development of his or her personality. This principle must be respected by all entities, public or private, which make decisions relating to children.”


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Europeans Make Big Dent in the Auto Industry

October 24 2008 / by Adam Cutsinger / In association with Future
Category: Environment   Year: 2011   Rating: 4

Chicago Tribune, 2012

According to a June 15 analysis published in the French bi-monthly magazine L’Auto-Journal, a long-standing car magazine, the European Union will soon no longer be on the short list of the top 3 contributors of greenhouse gases. The French-originated NAC (Nouvelle Affaire de Carburant) program, widely known as the New Fuel Deal by the English-speaking world, was initially criticized by citizens of nearly every European nation for being an economic fiasco.

The brainchild of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who served a six month stint as EU president, has certainly paid off for the environment, despite the widespread criticism and dire predictions. The Affaire was created by the members of the EU’s French-led APRE Summit (Automobile-fabricants pour la Protection et la Régénération de l’Environment, or ACRE – Auto-makers for the Conservation and Regenration of the Environment) in 2011, which formed an impressive international think-tank consisting of automobile manufacturers, leaders in the alternative fuel industry, financial wizards and various government officials. Despite initial opposition from such countries as the Czech Republic and Ireland, the plan was consensually ratified in February, 2010.

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