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Re: [Sks-devel] Withdrawal of Service -

From: Andrew Gallagher
Subject: Re: [Sks-devel] Withdrawal of Service -
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:29:51 +0000
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On 16/11/2018 16:19, Keith Erekson wrote:
> Standard "I am not a lawyer" disclaimer applies, but it is my impression
> (both from speaking to people who know more than I do about this, and
> from reading article 17 of the GDPR) that the "right to be forgotten"
> isn't necessarily absolute.

That is also my understanding.

> Meaning that if one were to receive such a request, and it is *not
> possible* to remove the data, this doesn't automatically mean that the
> only recourse is to shut down the service. Specifically, this language
> is the part that catches my attention: "the controller, taking account
> of available technology and the cost of implementation, shall take
> reasonable steps, including technical measures, to inform controllers..."

"Reasonable" is a commonly encountered word in data protection law, and
what is or is not "reasonable" is a matter of interpretation.

The answer to this and many other questions about GDPR is that nobody
really knows for sure, not even the experts, and the only way to find
out is to wait for a test case to bring enlightenment. Until that
happens, even the most learned advice will be hedged with a thicket of
qualified assumptions.

Andrew Gallagher

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