Right to be forgotten; Search engines--Law and legislation; Canada

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The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (“OPC”) recently proposed that Canada’s private sector privacy legislation should apply in modified form to search engines. The European Union (“EU”) has required search engines to comply with its private sector data protection regime since the much-debated case regarding Google Spain in 2014. The EU and Canadian data protection authorities characterize search engines as commercial business ventures that collect, process, and package information, regardless of the public nature of their sources. Yet both also acknowledge that search engines serve important public interests by facilitating users’ search for relevant information. This article considers specifically what a Canadian right to be forgotten might look like when it is seen as an opportunity to re-balance the values at stake in information flow. This article aims to bring Canada’s existing legacy of balancing important values and interests regarding privacy and access to information to bear on our current information environment.

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