The Right to be Forgotten: A Canadian and Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

Ignacio N Cofone

February 27, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 124 Pages
ISBN 9780367859749 - CAT# 348950

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Exploring the evolution of the right to be forgotten, its challenges, and impacts on privacy, reputation, and online expression, this book lays out the current state of the law on the right to be forgotten in Canada and in the international context while addressing the broader theoretical tensions at the core of the right to be forgotten.

The essays contemplate questions such as: How does the right to be forgotten fit into existing legal frameworks? How can Canadian courts and policy-makers reconcile rights to privacy and rights to access publicly available information? Should search engines be regulated purely as commercial actors? What is the right's impact on free speech and freedom of the press? Together, these essays will address the questions that legal actors and policy-makers must consider as they move forward in shaping this new right through legislation, regulations, and jurisprudence. They will address both the difficulties in introducing the right and the long-term effects it could have on the protection of online (and offline) reputation and speech. While the question of implementing the right to be forgotten in Canada has been put forward by the Privacy Commissioner, Canada is in need of academic literature on the matter, a need that, with this book, we intend to remedy.

The questions put forward in this book will thus advance the legal debate in Canada and provide a rich case study for the international legal community.

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