"The Committee of Ministers therefore, under the terms of Article 15.b of the Statute of the Council of Europe, recommends that member States, in consultation with private sector actors and civil society, develop and promote coherent strategies to protect freedom of expression, access to information and other human rights and fundamental freedoms in relation to search engines in line with the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (...), in particular by engaging with search engine providers to carry out the following actions: (...) – enhance transparency in the collection of personal data and the legitimate purposes for which they are being processed; – enable users to access easily, and, where appropriate, to correct or delete their personal data processed by search engine providers; – develop tools to minimise the collection and processing of personal data, including enforcing limited retention periods, adequate irreversible anonymisation, as well as tools for the deletion of data."
DocumentCoE (Committee of Ministers): Recommendation Rec(2012)3 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on the Protection of Human Rights with Regard to Search Engines, para. 7
- Everyone who offers proof of identity has the right to know whether information concerning him/her is being processed, and to obtain it in an intelligible form.
- Everyone has the right to rectification of incorrect personal data.
- Everyone who offers proof of identity has the right to have rectifications made to information about them in the case of unlawful, unnecessary, or inaccurate entries.
- Collection of personal data should be minimized, relevant, and limited to purposes pursued.
- Unless provided for by law, or necessary to deliver a service or for other legitimate purposes, personal information may only be used based on informed consent.
- Personal data controllers should provide clear and easily accessible information about their data collection and processing policies and practices.